Tchaikovsky Serenade & Bartok Divertimento (2014)

Tchaikovsky, Bartók

LSO String Ensemble

Roman Simovic

Tchaikovsky composed his Serenade in the autumn of 1880, at the same time as the ‘1812’ Overture. After several years spent travelling in Europe in the aftermath of his disastrous marriage, he had finally returned to Russia. His mind was very much on a successor to the Fourth Symphony, but the work that emerged in November was scored for strings only. The Serenade – which was dedicated to Karl Albrecht, a cellist and fellow professor of Tchaikovsky’s at the Moscow Conservatory – was first played at a private concert there on 3 December 1880. Its public premiere took place on 30 October 1881 in St Petersburg at a concert sponsored by the Russian Musical Society, conducted by Eduard Napravnik, and it was repeated in Moscow in January the following year.

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LSO String Ensemble

First Violins
Roman Simovic LEADER
Clare Duckworth
Harriet Rayfield
Gerald Gregory
Claire Parfitt
Jörg Hammann

Second Violins
David Alberman *
Miya Väisänen
Iwona Muszynska
Julian Gil Rodriguez
Paul Robson
William Melvin

Violas
Edward Vanderspar *
Malcolm Johnston
Regina Beukes
Jonathan Welch
Robert Turner

Cellos
Tim Hugh *
Minat Lyons
Eve-Marie Caravassilis
Noel Bradshaw

Double Basses
Colin Paris *
Nicholas Worters
Patrick Laurence

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first selfgoverning orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

photo: from booklet

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Tchaikovsky Serenade & Bartok Divertimento (2014)

Tchaikovsky, Bartók

LSO String Ensemble

    The Strad

"A polished and poised account of Tchaikovsky’s C Major Serenade. The big and bold opening sets the scene, though the performance as a whole is memorable for the subtle dynamic shades in the central movements… an acceleration in the work’s final bars showcases the ensemble’s virtuosity and brings the work to a brilliant conclusion."

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    MusicWeb International

“Simovic is one of the reasons why this is a disc well worth seeking out: an unusual coupling, but a highly successful one. Superb recorded sound helps to complete the package.”

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    International Record Review

"With no more than 26 players taking part, the spectrum of colours is surprisingly delicate (Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings) … catching fire in the finale where the focus on gentle graduations of tone and timbre yields to the more earthy vivacity one might have expected from this source."

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Tchaikovsky Serenade & Bartok Divertimento (2014)

Tchaikovsky, Bartók

LSO String Ensemble

Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson - Classics Sound Ltd.
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson - Classics Sound Ltd.
Recording location: Barbican, London England
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
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Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
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Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
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Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
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Divertimento, Sz. 113
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Divertimento, Sz. 113
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