“…with all his usual expressive device – cross-beat phrasing, rich inner textures, persistent detail figuration – heard to fine effect as realised by Fabio Biondi’s sensitive and resourceful Europa Galante group. A very enjoyable CD.”

February 2004


“Erfrischend, dass Biondi trotz seiner grosser Erfolge im Bereich des italianischen concerto nicht eine Platte mit Ausgravungen anch der anderen serviert, wie mancher violinvirtuosenkollege, sondern auch den Ausflug ins kammermusikalische repertoire noch einen wertvolle aufnahme zu verwandeln versteht….ist diese einspielung eine absolute empfehlung: solche interpretation braucht ohnehin kein moderation.”

Following on the success of the Boccherini’s strings quintets recording, Europa Galante presents here two guitar quintets composed by Boccherini at the end of his life. The famous “Fandango” – which takes its name from the feverish variations of its latest movement – and the “Ritirata di Madrid”, a musical evocation of the streets of Madrid at night.
The third piece is a earlier strings quartet, composed when Boccherini was the official cellist and composer of Don Luis, Infante di Spagna.