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Tchaikovsky - Music for Strings

Composer Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Performer United Strings of Europe
Julian Azkoul, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2569 SACD
EAN 7318599925691
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Nov 2022
Total time 77'50


After two stylistically diverse anthologies – In Motion and Renewal – the United Strings of Europe and their director Julian Azkoul have chosen to devote their latest project to a single composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. They open with the composer’s Serenade, a tribute to Mozart’s divertimentos, but infused with Tchaikovsky’s characteristic pathos and melancholy. It is one of his most popular works, with the especially beloved Waltz as its second movement, and a finale featuring Russian folk songs. &&&
The other works included on this recording are arrangements tailor-made for the ensemble by Julian Azkoul. Andante cantabile, the slow movement of Tchaikovsky’s First String Quartet, is a piece of great emotional power, based on an old folk song which Tchaikovsky reportedly heard in the Ukrainian town of Kamenka. Composed following a stay in Florence, the Sextet is brooding in temperament and despite its title arguably more Russian than Italian in character. Like the Serenade, it makes use of classical forms and devices but also includes passages evoking traditional Russian music. After completing the work, Tchaikovsky – who was otherwise his own harshest critic – wrote: ‘it’s frightening to see how pleased I am with myself’. The album closes with At Bedtime, an early composition for mixed choir with a meditative quality reminiscent of Eastern Orthodox chant that lends itself well to the string orchestra textures.
 
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  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  Serenade for Strings in C major, Op.48 30'16
01 I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina 9'43
02 II. Walzer 3'49
03 III. Élégie 9'11
04 IV. Finale (Tema russo) 7'33
 
  from String Quartet No. 1, Op.11
05 Andante cantabile 6'54
 
  String Sextet in D minor (Souvenir de Florence), Op.70 35'19
06 I. Allegro con spirito 10'57
07 II. Adagio cantabile e con moto 10'40
08 III. Allegretto moderato 6'24
09 IV. Allegro con brio e vivace 7'18
 
10 At Bedtime (Na son gryadushchiy) 5'18
 
  Album total 77'50
OrchestraUnited Strings of Europe
DirectorAzkoul, Julian
ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
ArrangerAzkoul, Julian

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