Boccherini - String Trios op.34 | Glossa GCD923105

Boccherini - String Trios op.34

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD923105

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th June 2017

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Different stages in the life of Luigi Boccherini are clearly mapped out in the music he wrote. None more so than the 6 String Trios, op.34, written during the nine-year period when the composer left precarious Madrid, around 1781, for the tranquillity of Arenas de San Pedro, nearer Ávila, as he followed his patron, the Infante Luis de Borbón, in the latter’s banishment from the Spanish court. In conditions of comfort for himself and his young family Boccherini prospered on the artistic level as well: some 80 compositions emerged, many for the regular chamber music performances called for by the Enlightened prince, the maecenas also for painters such as Goya, Flipart and Paret.

In a pair of early recordings, newly remastered and now on Glossa, La Ritirata demonstrates complete sympathy with the intentions of a composer in full maturity: no surprise when the three players are of the calibre of violinists Hiro Kurosaki and Lina Tur Bonet and cellist Josetxu Obregón. In this string trio configuration, Boccherini demands great technique from his musicians, especially the cellist (he was a virtuoso on the instrument himself) and requiring it to take on much of the role assumed by the viola in a quartet. Pervading all is the composer’s melodic invention and the harmonic boldness which together assured his popularity throughout Europe at the time.

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