Boccherini: String Quartets Opp 32 & 39 / Borciani Quartet

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There's always room in the catalog for enterprising budget-priced performances like these. The string quartets of Luigi Boccherini, though perhaps not as historically significant as...
There's always room in the catalog for enterprising budget-priced performances like these. The string quartets of Luigi Boccherini, though perhaps not as historically significant as his quintets, are engaging and under-valued pieces. If you want to try out a representative selection at minimal cost, you'll find this Naxos disc nicely fits the bill. The Borciani Quartet was formed in 1984 and named after the group's teacher, Paolo Borciani, who was the founding leader of Quartetto Italiano. In these performances the Borcianis successfully emulate the famous clarity and refinement of their models, providing assured, imaginative readings of the first two quartets from Boccherini's Op. 32 set--the best known and most frequently performed of the Boccherini quartets. All six were recorded on period instruments by the Esterházy Quartet for Teldec in 1976. That fine survey had the advantage of completeness, and the lighter instrumental textures brought pleasing clarity and immediacy. However, the Borcianis' well-prepared and naturally spontaneous accounts are equally well played, and the Naxos sound is certainly superior. Better still is the Borciani Quartet's splendid reading of the more substantial A major work, a polished and cultured performance made more compelling by energetically pointed rhythms and marked dynamic contrasts, which listeners will best appreciate during the lyrically expressive slow movement. An excellent disc all round. --Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com


Product Description:


  • Release Date: October 01, 2001


  • UPC: 747313504220


  • Catalog Number: 8555042


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Luigi Boccherini


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Paolo Borciani String Quartet


  • Performer: Claudia Ravetto, Elena Ponzoni, Fulvio Luciani, Roberto Tarenzi



Works:


  1. Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 32 no 1/G 201

    Composer: Luigi Boccherini

    Ensemble: Paolo Borciani String Quartet

    Performer: Fulvio Luciani (Violin), Elena Ponzoni (Violin), Claudia Ravetto (Cello), Roberto Tarenzi (Viola)


  2. Quartet for Strings in E minor, Op. 32 no 2/G 202

    Composer: Luigi Boccherini

    Ensemble: Paolo Borciani String Quartet

    Performer: Fulvio Luciani (Violin), Elena Ponzoni (Violin), Claudia Ravetto (Cello), Roberto Tarenzi (Viola)


  3. Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 39 no 8/G 213

    Composer: Luigi Boccherini

    Ensemble: Paolo Borciani String Quartet

    Performer: Fulvio Luciani (Violin), Elena Ponzoni (Violin), Claudia Ravetto (Cello), Roberto Tarenzi (Viola)