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28 Symphonies [Box set]

Boccherini Audio CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boccherini Symphonies Sept. 2 2011
By smedley
Bought this because of the lower set price and because I find the music of Boccherini to be very enjoyable compared to Haydn and Mozart. These works are performed on period instruments and CPO's sound is very good as usual. However, it must be said that there is a clear difference in profundity in some works compared to others; nevertheless a worthwhile set to have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Music for Your Money ... May 21 2010
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
Eight CDs, 28 symphonies. How could you go wrong?

Actually, I've had this set for quite a while and haven't yet listened to all of it. That probably renders my judgement more eloquently than words. The music is entertaining and the performance is proficient, though not really "au courant" in terms of baroque performance practice, just a little too 'generic' to excite me. I'm reviewing it now only because another amazoonian asked me for my opinion of it. If you really want to 'discover' Boccherini, I'd recommend the symphony recordings by Ensemble 415 and the Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik, or the CD "Fandango" by Les Concerts des Nations.

The symphony was not the genre of music into which Boccherini threw his heart and soul. Most of his symphonies were written for the Hohenzollern court orchestra in faraway Berlin, where he never traveled, which he never heard. The real masterpieces of Boccherini's oeuvre are his string quintets and quartets, his cello sonatas and concertos, and his sublime Stabat Mater.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine compositions ! July 28 2012
By zerosykess - Published on Amazon.com
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Though not as known as Mozart or Haydn, Boccherini was a true cellist and master composer!

This was a great purchase for me (all 28 symphonies). I have all his Trios, Quartets, Quintets, an Cello works. He was a virtuosic cellist and composer.

These cd's are fantastic. I recommend them to all. Such classic refinement and beauty are in his works. Get all his works and truly realize how overlooked he has been in this day and age.

These symphonies are easy listening in that they don't get quite as soft and then loud again and again like some symphonies, so you can keep the volume set on one level. Great for relaxing, studying, or evaluative listening.

Boccherini is listed in the Guinness Book of Music Facts and Feats as "the most ingratiating composer." He was a supreme master in a genre (quintets) once described as "artstocratic party music". His music is as regal, dainty, and elegant as Mozart and Haydn.

Johannes Goritzki and the Deutsche Kammerakademie are superlative! Good sound, quality, and conviviality between them all!

Good day Friends !
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding but ... July 20 2013
By Michael M. Keyton - Published on Amazon.com
The title of this set is Complete Symphonies, but this is not to be. In the Gerard catalog, there are 29 symphonies, but G516, Symphony Nr. 22, has been lost; thus, the 28 symphonies. However, cpo includes G491 calling it a symphony while in the notes refers to it correctly as a Sinfonia concertante. For some reason G521, Symphony Nr.27 is not included in this set. It is available however on Capriccio 10458 with Erxleben conducting (numbered 19 in the pre-Gerard catalog). To cpo's credit this work only exists as a one movement fragment and is also called an Overture, but then in the 18th century often the word overture was synonymous with symphony.
The performances here are excellent throughout. The notes are excellent other than failing to mention G521 or G516. Being able to listen to all the Boccherini symphonies gives a superb picture of the development of a composer who was somewhat isolated and restricted in performance opportunities. There are numerous recordings of the Op. 12 set (G503-508), but this collection provides the opportunity to listen to the symphonic development of Boccherini. There are sufficient aspects of these symphonies to make them enjoyable and entertaining. have unique characteristics, extended use of solo instruments, harmonic diversity, form alterations, and contrasting movements within a symphony.
For a listener who wants to work through the complete picture, this is a highly recommended set. For the listener who wants to sample the highlights,there are other good recordings available.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for fast shipping & delivery ! The CD set is in excellent condition May 14 2013
By Maya.B - Published on Amazon.com
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Thanks for fast shipping & delivery! The CD set arrived fast and in excellent condition. Good packaging.
As to the CD-set, I highly recommend for all who genuinely love classic music (and the history of that music), and that of baroque, especially.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 24 2013
By michael ulin edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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My audio knowledge of Boccherini was lacking. I bought the symphonies hoping for wonders. The performances on these discs are excellent. I suppose everything was done to make the music alluring and attractive.
The primary problem is the raw material and the composer. These symphonies are a cut above those of William Boyce. They are comparable to the symphonies of the Rococo composers. At ten years of age Mozart could have composed any of them,and if he had, each would be much improved. They sound like Haydn's first symphonies until Morning, Noon and Evening. There are good themes which a hearer appreciates would have provoked a lot of play in the hands of Haydn. A few of the later symphonies are of interest, but again themes are not fully developed. Boccherini's problem? He apparently did not believe improvement was needed. He was incapable of growing or maturing musically. That's the death knell for a composer in his twenties and fatal for a composer in his forties, the years these symphonies were composed.
So ordinary and mundane are these symphonies, that a hearer need not wonder about the quality of musicians playing these works in 1760-1780 Spain. An inventive composer will vary the music to meet the capabilities of his orchestra.
The notes of Boccherini and the music in this CD set are incomplete. Boccherini had to accommodate himself to Eighteenth Century Spain, conforming to pomp, fluff and suffocation by a system dependent upon expensive, crippling grandeur. Fine artists of Eighteenth Century Spain did not need to be so rigid, unoriginal and compliant. e.g. Goya. Indeed, Boccherini, himself, wasn't so wrought - consider his cello concertos and some of his chamber music.
Do I want t hear Boccherini's symphonies again? No.
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