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  • Audio CD (Aug. 11 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000416O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Flute Concerto In D, Op. 27: I. Allegro moderato
2. Flute Concerto In D, Op. 27: II. Adagio
3. Flute Concerto In D, Op. 27: III. Rondeau
4. String Quintet In E, Op. 13 No. 5: Minuet
5. Guitar Quintet No. 4 In D: I. Pastorale
6. Guitar Quintet No. 4 In D: II. Allegro maestoso
7. Guitar Quintet No. 4 In D: III. Grave assai - Fandango
8. String Quartet In D, Op. 6 No. 1: I. Allegro vivace
9. String Quartet In D, Op. 6 No. 1: II. Adagio
10. String Quartet In D, Op. 6 No. 1: III. Minuetto In Rondeau
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Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 3 In C, Op. 12: I. Allegro con molto
2. Symphony No. 3 In C, Op. 12: II. Andantino amoroso
3. Symphony No. 3 In C, Op. 12: III. Tempo di minue
4. Symphony No. 3 In C, Op. 12: IV. Presto ma non tanto
5. Guitar Quintet No. 9 In C 'La Ritirata di Madrid': I. Allegro maestoso assai
6. Guitar Quintet No. 9 In C 'La Ritirata di Madrid': II. Andantino
7. Guitar Quintet No. 9 In C 'La Ritirata di Madrid': III. Allegretto
8. Guitar Quintet No. 9 In C 'La Ritirata di Madrid': IV. 'La Ritirata di Madrid'
9. Symphony No. 5 In B Flat, Op. 12: I. Allegro con spirito
10. Symphony No. 5 In B Flat, Op. 12: II. Adagio non tanto
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VIJAY N CHAK on April 13 1999
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Boccherini- The first classical masterpiece which comes to our mind is his "Minuet". Bochherini has composed over 100 string quintets especially when he was in Spain. No wonder the third movement-Grave assai-in the Guitar Quintet No.4 in D (Fandango)composition has such added spanish tinge to it. Pepe Romero on the guitar accompanied by the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble has captured the essence of the music with great brilliance. This Phillips recording would be a worthy addition to your classical collection.
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Wasn't quite to my taste. I loved Boccherini's Collection of Classical Guitar and thought I'd try this one - not as nice
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By A Customer on May 29 2004
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wonderful recording...a perennial favorite perfect for a relaxing summer evening.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Forgotten Gems Brought to Light! Aug. 30 2006
By N. Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was among my very first Boccherini albums (I own 50+) and I consider it an absolutely essential collection of his music.

CONS: I wish the "Famous Minuet" was presented as part of the whole quintet it was written in as this album presents it alone and thus out of its immediate context. Also, the playing on the Guitar Quintet #4 is a bit anemic, especially in the Fandango which sounds much better when played with force and zest (I strongly recommentd the version by Europa Galante) though Boccherini's beauty shines through. Finally, the Flute Concerto is not by Boccherini at all, but by Franz Pokorny.

PROS: Out of the four versions of the Cello Concerto in B flat that I own, this is BY FAR the most beautifully realized version. Its playing is so strong and full of life that I am continually amazed each time I hear it. Its Andantino Grazioso is one of the most beautiful pieces of music that you will ever hear. Boccherini has here reached the sublime. Also, this is the original version of this concerto as written by Boccherini, not the fake Greutzmacher hackjob that appears on some albums.
The String Quartet in D opens with an invigorating Allegro Vivace that is played with such excitement and warmth it will make you immagine you are running through a field of tall grass in the summertime.
The Allegro of the Symphony No. 3 stands up to any of Hayden or Mozart's symphonies. Its brief violin solo is gorgeous!
Finally, the Guitar Quintet #9 is at the same time full of kinetic brilliance and fragile tenderness.

The songs on this album are all gorgeous creations that deserve so much more of the spotlight than they currently have. In all, this is a GREAT introduction to the music of one of history's most beautiful (though forgotten) composers. I warmly recommend this to you.
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
"Fandango" has a spanish flair and played with such novice. April 13 1999
By VIJAY N CHAK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Boccherini- The first classical masterpiece which comes to our mind is his "Minuet". Bochherini has composed over 100 string quintets especially when he was in Spain. No wonder the third movement-Grave assai-in the Guitar Quintet No.4 in D (Fandango)composition has such added spanish tinge to it. Pepe Romero on the guitar accompanied by the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble has captured the essence of the music with great brilliance. This Phillips recording would be a worthy addition to your classical collection.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Classical Joy March 24 2008
By J. A. Mine - Published on Amazon.com
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This 2 CD set is full of beautiful Baroque music by one of its masters. This is a terrific bargain for the quality of the performances. Highly recommended.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
simply wonderful Sept. 1 2007
By Heidi St George - Published on Amazon.com
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This is such a beautiful cd. I never tire of listening to it. The music is as crisp and clear as if you were sitting right in front of the orchestra yourself!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have always loved Boccherini. This set is no exception Feb. 25 2014
By Francine Kurdilla - Published on Amazon.com
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What's to dislike about Boccherini? Listening to this pair of CD's is most enjoyable. The music is lively and fun to listen to.


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