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Tchaikovsky, Verdi

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Tchaikovsky, Verdi

SKU: 21504

Year of release: 2004

Souvenir de Florence, opus 70 35:45
1. Allegro con spirito Tchaikovsky 11:15
2. Adagio cantabile e con moto Tchaikovsky 10:44
3. Allegretto moderato Tchaikovsky 06:20
4. Allegro vivace Tchaikovsky 07:24
String Quartet in e minor 22:51
5. Allegro Verdi 07:44
6. Andantino Verdi 07:28
7. Prestissimo Verdi 03:13
8. Scherzo, Fuga Verdi 04:25
Total time: 58:37

About this album

Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blhn? “Kennst du das Lied? Ganz Italien ist darin geschildert” [Do you know the song? All of Italy is portrayed in it]. In this way, Heinrich Heine, in his Reisebilder (1828) connects with the famous quotation from Goethes Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (1796), in which Goethe had expressed the romantic sehnsucht [longing] for Italy. In 1786, Goethe had refreshed his gloomy Northern European soul in that sundrenched country. A horde of romantic authors, including Mme de Stal (Corinne ou lItalie), Lord Byron (Childe Harolds Pilgrimage), Joseph van Eichendorff (Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts) and of course Heine himself, later followed in Goethes footsteps. For that matter, a crowd of earlier examples could easily be added to the list, going back as far as Shakespeare with Romeo and Juliet. For Italy was an irresistible magnet to the imagination, with its remains of ancient civilizations, beautiful art, and glorious nature – not to forget its sensual people…..

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The Sinfonietta string players are superbly accurate and play with real emotion () () terrific performances in matching surround sound. () () The 5.0 surround sound spreads out the string section and adds considerable interest to the music vs. the stereo version.

Immaculate ensemble, warm exuberance: a delightful coupling .. The unanimity of the playing is phenomenal, yet that precision is never cold. ...the resonance of their playing takes in a strikingly wide dynamic range and a meticulous observance of markings. The opulent recording allows plenty of detail to be heard within an ambient acoustic, especially on the excellent SACD mastering. .... I look forward to more outstanding recordings from these talented players.


een uitstekend strijkorkest ... De nieuwe speelwijze van Sinfonietta, zonder dirigent maar met een leidinggevende concertmeester, Candida Thompson, werpt duidelijk vruchten af. Alsof je bij het opzetten van deze schijf in een warm bad stapt. Voor de geluksvogels die in het bezit zijn van een super-audiospeler met bijbehorende surround-opstelling is het zelfs een zwembad

Hifi Video Magazine

Ongehoord, wat heeft ons landje een kwaliteit op muziekgebied. () Deze registratie doet me denken aan een prachtige zomeravond, en dat is de kunst, net als het spel van dit fantastische ensemble. Een klankjuweel erbij.

International Record Review

Very impressive first disc for Channel Classics ... enormous amount of light and shade and real exhilaration.... Sinfonietta plays with unanimity and brilliance

Ondanks de vergrote bezetting gaat er niets verloren van de precieze directheid die kamermuziek vaak zo boeiend maakt. Dat komt puur door het fantastische spel van het orkest. De grotere klank maakt de muziek extra romantisch en draagt bij tot een groot effect. Het ruimtelijk effect wordt natuurlijk compleet door de 5.0 opname.


The last movement of Verdis only string quartet still sparkless in this big-band arrangement. Each time the disc has been playing in the background Ive been brought up short by the last movement of the Verdi. The composer is fairly easy to spot but in this full-string-orchestra arrangement I find myself suddenly trying to recall which Verdi opera it comes from. Well, this string quartet takes on a very attractive quality here. Especially with such superb playing from this Amsterdam-based ensemble. Editors Choice: Gramophone

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudio Lab Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording LocationLeiden Holland
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB+W 803 diamond
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner DSD AD/DA
Cablesvan en Hul