Tchaikovsky: String Quartets 1 - 3 / Souvenir de Florence

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Tchaikovsky: String Quartets 1 - 3 / Souvenir de Florence
Gabrieli String Quartet / Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

[ Australian Decca SBS Eloquence / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 20 March 2014

Although the orchestra was the most natural vehicle for Tchaikovsky's colourful and emotionally highly-charged music, in his string quartets (all dating from the 1870s) he showed a fine understanding of the medium and adopted a more purely musical train of thought - deriving in part from his deep fondness for the classical world of Mozart - without losing his own personality. Souvenir de Florence, his string sextet, dates from 1890-91 and Tchaikovsky confided in his friend Alexander Siloti that he feared he was thinking in orchestral terms before arranging his ideas for string sextet; the work is performed here in a version for string orchestra, from a much-praised Argo recording with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, which went on to win an EDISON AWARD.

"beautifully natural and well-blended sound" Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 1978 (String Quartets)

"the Gabrielis give a finely conceived performance, producing well-blended tonal quality" Penguin Guide


String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11
String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 22
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30
Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70
(arranged for string orchestra)