Boccherini Symphonies

London Mozart Players Bamert Matthias

Format
Audio
Published
1 June 2010
ISBN
0095115160428

Boccherini Symphonies

London Mozart Players Bamert Matthias

Catalogue # CHAN10604

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Contemporaries of Mozart Series Matthias Bamert and the London\nMozart Players here present a selection of symphonies by Luigi\nBoccherini. None of the symphonies is well known and they are\nseldom recorded. Luigi Boccherini was born in 1743 in Lucca. He was\nto become one of the greatest cellists of his time, and travelled\nall over Europe giving virtuoso performances. His compositional\ngenius only fully emerged when he took up permanent residence at\nthe court of the Infante Don Luis in Spain. He is most associated\nwith chamber music, especially the string quintet. But his output\nalso included about thirty symphonies. Three have been recorded\nhere. Nos 3 and 8 were composed for Don Luis in 1771, whereas No.\n21 was written for King Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia in 1786. The\nContemporaries of Mozart series is one of the longest-running on\nChandos and offers performances of rarely recorded works, played by\nan orchestra which understands this repertoire completely.

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Review

This new recording of Boccherini’s three symphonies (his output included about 30 symphonies) is part of the Contemporaries of Mozart series – one of the longest-running on Chandos, and offering performances of rarely recorded works. If you are only familiar with Boccherini’s chamber music then I suggest giving this recording a try. Matthias Bamert and the London Mozart Players attack the repertoire with gusto, and the end result is a finely detailed recording of these little-known works. Highly recommended.

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