, February 2012
The first disc showcases four of Boccherini’s six String Sextets, among his finest works, and among the finest—and earliest—of the genre. If ever proof was needed that Boccherini was no poor country cousin to his contemporary celebrities, Haydn and Mozart, it can be found here in these miraculously inventive, sonorous works, beautifully played by the three pairs of soloists. Boccherini delightfully blends dignity, pensiveness, ebullience and wit. The pauses in the finale of op.23 no.6 are very funny, straight out of Haydn’s Guide to Keeping Audiences on their Toes.
The remaining three beautifully-proportioned works, all lyrical masterpieces showing also a more reflective, wistful Boccherini, only underscore the fact that this is a composer of considerable genius in his prime… Boccherini’s imitation of a jew’s harp in the final Quintet betokens a striking originality that deserves to be remembered for so much more than the “celebrated minuet”.
In sum, this is a must-have album for all lovers of beautiful music. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review