Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Romero, St. Martin-in-the-Fields
"Boccherini - Guitar Quintets nos. 3 & 9"

Guitarists owe a debt of gratitude to Boccherini. Before the Spaniards got a hold of the guitar, there wasn't a whole lot being written for the instrument.
Boccherini's quintets (for string quartet + guitar) are one of the most enduring canons of work for the classical guitar in a chamber music setting. I've played a couple of them over the years. They're easy for most of the string players except both the guitarist and the cellist. Boccherini was a virtuoso cellist himself, so he usually found an opportunity to put the cello in a momentary spotlight.

The musicians on this recording are excellent. I feel the guitar is recorded wonderfully, but the string quartet feels a bit muted and/or distant.

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