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Luigi Boccherini is known for his chamber music (quartets and quintets), who is the core of his production . But this composer of talent created also fabulous cello concerti and interesting symphonies as well.

Born in Lucca, in 1743, Boccherini was an accomplished cellist who  received his compositional teaching in Rome. He worked then in Vienna (Burgtheater), Lucca and Paris but mostly, from 1768 to his death, in Spain, thanks to the patronage of Don Luis Infante (1770-1785) and Friedrich Wilhelm II (1786-1797), King of Prussia.

To start this Boccherini week, I will introduce you to excerpts from his cello concerti, a set of twelve composed during 1760’s and early 1770’s.

Cello concerto no 5 in E flat major: Allegro

Cello concerto no 11 in C major: Largo cantabile

Cello concerto no 10 in D major: Allegro e con moto

Accademia Filarmonice Verona / Bronzi / Brilliant Classics

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To a certain forum member who asked to put some Johann Sebastian Bach‘s music, here are some, Money… 😉

From the excellent Brandenburg Concertos CD by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, one of my favorite orchestras (Harmonia Mundi Label):

Concerto no 3 in G major, III- Allegro assai

Concerto no 6 in B flat major: I- Moderato

Concerto no 4 in G major: I-Allegro


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Harmonia Mundi (new release in 2010)

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If my blog would have been launch a month ago, this entry would be classified under “Today in Classical Music History”. But it was not, so pardon me if I cheat a bit and celebrates a month later the 350th anniversary of Alessandro Scarlatti’s birth, on May 2, 1660, in Sicilia. He is mostly known for his operas and religious music (oratorios, cantatas). He worked mainly in Naples but lived many years in Rome. The samples I will provide come from his Cantata per la Notte del SS. Mo Natale (aria All’arme si accesi guerrieri)  and concerto grosso no 2 in C minor. 


Minkowski/Les Musiciens du Louvre/Cecilia Bartoli

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Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante

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On June 6 1757, Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (1757-1831) was born in Ruppersthal, near Vienna. He is famous to have been a Joseph Haydn‘s pupil during the 1770’s but also for his music publisher and piano manufacturer career in Paris.

During the 1780’s and 1790’s he was known as a gifted composer. He created many symphonies and quartets.  For his birthday, let’s listen to an excerpt of his Symphonie Concertante in B flat major, B. 112 (Rondo moderato) from 1791. Please note that the work is intended for violin and alto instead of the clarinets you will hear in that sample.

If the Youtube video doesn’t appear, keep refreshing the page, you should see it.

Sebastian Tewinkel conductor
Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim
Dieter Klöcker and Sandra Arnold, clarinets

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