Representing Reality

Luigi Boccherini never published this composition during his life, calling it “absolutely useless, even ridiculous, outside Spain, because the audience cannot hope to understand its significance, nor the performers to play it as it should be played.” I’m pretty sure Bremer Barockorchester is outside of Spain, but they pour their hearts into this rendition ofContinue reading “Representing Reality”

Virgin of All Virgins Blest

Virgin of all virgins blest, O refuse not my request: let me in thy weeping share! Stabat Mater Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini (1743–1805) is one of a few composers whose music I most ardently relish. To judge by available recordings, he seems to be responsible for mountains of chamber music—a genre that for whatever reason IContinue reading “Virgin of All Virgins Blest”