Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
Classical Guitar Magazine (USA) published, in the Spring 2019 issue, an article by Dr. Kevin Garry titled: The Guitar Quintet . From Obscurity to Celebrity. Read the article here :
The author writes about a list of more than 300 existing works for guitar and string quartet. I already had started researching the subject, so this gave me the occasion to resume my work and identify another 30 quintets for a total of…97! As a rule of thumb, I considered any piece, of any length that was originally written (to my knowledge) for quintet.
Quintet activity on CD had a burst in the mid-1990s, then at the beginning of the 2000s and another very recent period with 25 recordings that saw the light after 2010.
Here is a list of the most recorded Quintets :
1- Boccherini, Luigi (1743-1805) G 448 Fandango [34 recordings]
2- Tedesco, Mario Castelnuovo- (1895-1968) Quintetto, Op. 143 (1950) [23 recordings]
3- Boccherini, Luigi (1743-1805) G 453 La Ritirata di Madrid [21 recordings]
4- Boccherini, Luigi (1743-1805) G 451 [19 recordings]
5- Guastavino, Carlos (1912-2000)Jeromita Linares [15 recordings]
6- Boccherini, Luigi (1743-1805) G 447 [14 recordings]
7- Giuliani, Mauro (1781-1829) Gran Quintetto, Op. 65 [13 recordings]
8-Boccherini, Luigi (1743-1805) G 445/ G 446/ G 449/ G 450 [11 recordings each]
Brouwer, Leo (1939-)Quinteto (1957) [11 recordings]
9- Pujol, Máximo Diego (1957-)Tangata de Agosto [3 recordings]
Sierra, Roberto (1953-) Tríptico [3 recordings]
Who produced as many quintets as Boccherini?
Nobody. Still, Giuliani wrote 4 (Op. 65 , 101, 102 and 103) and Máximo Diego Pujol 3: Tangata de Agosto; Oliverianas and Guernica. Celebrity? Maybe not yet, but the guitar can have pride in a growing number of high-quality quintets!