Boccherini: Guitar Quintets

Boccherini: Guitar Quintets

by Massimo Scattolin

CD

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2012
Label: Newton Classics
UPC: 8718247711383
catalogNumber: 8802138

Tracks

  1. Quintet for guitar & strings in C major ("La Ritirada di Madrid"), G. 453 (arrangement of Piano Quintet, G. 409)
  2. Quintet for guitar & strings in D major ("Fandango"), G. 448 (arrangement of String Quintets, G. 270 & 341)
  3. Quintet for guitar & strings in B flat major, G. 447 (arrangement of Piano Quintet, G. 414)
  4. Quintet for guitar & strings in E major, G. 446 (arrangement of Piano Quintet, G. 417)
  5. Quintet for guitar & strings in D minor, G. 445 (arrangement of Piano Quintet, G. 416)

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Boccherini: Guitar Quintets 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
OscarOVeterano1 More than 1 year ago
Boccherini - GUITAR QUINTETS - Newton Records These quintets for guitar by Luigi Boccherini have long been an established part of classical guitar repertoire; guitarist Massimo Scattolin, violinist Franco Mezzena (whose previously re-released CD of violin and guitar sonatas by Gragnani is lovely) and the rest of the quintet play them with skill and sensitivity. Sadly neither they nor the music here is well served by this very odd sounding recording. Somewhere along the line from microphone placement, to “live” mixing, to later remixes, mastering and manufacturing, someone seriously dropped the ball. The result, with its wildly uneven dynamics, is nearly unlistenable (like having the worst seat in the house) whether heard on a car stereo, home audio system, or ghetto blaster. I tried all three. Anyone really interested in getting to know these quintets would be better off with the Phillips recording of Pepe Romero and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. Newton Records has done a generally good job of making out of print recordings available to a new audience; their re-issue of works by the Amsterdam Guitar Trio has been particularly well received. Unfortunately, “Guitar Quintets” with its wobbly sound quality, cannot counted as one of their notable successes. Not recommended Oscar O. Veterano