Boccherini: Guitar Quintets (2CD)


Performer: Pepe Romero Running Time: 2:36:15
Composer: Luigi Boccherini Label: Philips
Category: Classical


ITEM: 03016
Price: $17.99



Guitar Quintet No. 1 in D minor, G. 445 (1. Allegro moderato 2. Cantabile 3. Minuetto 4. Finale - Allegro assai)

Guitar Quintet No. 3 in B flat, G. 447 (5. Allegro moderato 6. Tempo di minuetto 7. Adagio 8. Allegro)

Guitar Quintet No. 5 in D, G. 449 (9. Andantino pausato 10. Minuetto - Allegro 11. Allegro giusto 12. Andantino pausato con variazioni- Allegro giusto)

Guitar Quintet No. 7 in E minor, G. 451 (13. Allegro moderato 14. Adagio 15. Minuetto 16. Allegretto)

Guitar Quintet No. 2 in E, G. 446 (17. Maestoso assai 18. Adagio - Allegretto 19. Polacca - Tempo di minuetto)

Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D, G. 448 "Fandango" (20. Pastorale 21. Allegro maestoso 22. Grave assai - Fandango)

Guitar Quintet No. 6 in G, G. 450 (23. Allegro con vivacita 24. Andantino lento 25. Tempo di minuetto 26. Allegretto)

Guitar Quintet No. 9 in C, G. 453 "La Ritirata di Madrid" (27. Allegro maestoso assai 28. Andantino 29. Allegretto 30. "La Ritirata di Madrid")

Pepe Romero began his studies on the guitar at the age of three with his father, Celedonio Romero. He gave his first public perfomance with his father at the Teatro Lope de Vega in Seville, Spain, when he was only ten years old.

The Romero family moved to California in 1958. A year later, when he was fifteen, Pepe - by this time regarded as a highly talented flamenco guitarist - made his first recording, for the Contemporary record label.

Pepe Romero's only guitar teacher was his father, but he studied music both in Spain and New York with the Basque pianist-composer Francisco de Medina. For well over twenty years he has appeared as a member of the family quartet, "Los Romeros". He has also appeared in duos with Celin and Angel, his older and younger brothers, respectively. More recently, he has appeared more often as a soloist or in a duo with Angel. Together they gave the first performance of Rodrigo's "Concierto Madrigal" for two guitars and orchestra, in 1970.

Seven of Boccherini's Quintets have been recorded by Pepe Romero for Philips. Together with his concert performances and many other recordings, they established him as one of the great virtuosos of the day.

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