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Tchaikovsky / Arensky

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Tchaikovsky, Arensky

SKU: 37119

Year of release: 2019

Serenade for Strings Op. 48 in C major 29:55
1. I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina. Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato Tchaikovsky 09:28
2. II. Valse. Moderato - Tempo di Valse Tchaikovsky 03:57
3. III. Élégie. Larghetto elegiaco Tchaikovsky 09:05
4. IV. Finale (Tema russo). Andante - Allegro con spirito Tchaikovsky 07:23
Chamber Symphony, Op. 35 in A Minor (In memory of P.I. Tchaikovsky [after String Quartet No. 2]) 26:59
5. I. Moderato Arensky 10:41
6. II. Theme, Variations and Coda Arensky 11:48
7. III. Finale: Andante sostenuto – Allegro moderato Arensky 04:28
Total time: 56:54

About this album

Tchaikovsky’s Serenade is one of the most beautiful of all works for string ensemble, and it has been frequently performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta since its establishment in 1988.

Arensky wrote his Second String Quartet in memory of the composer, with whom he was befriended. His homage overflows with melancholy and dark tone colours. The middle movement, based on a song by Tchaikovsky, was later arranged by Arensky for string orchestra.

Amsterdam Sinfonietta took upon itself to arrange and perform the entire Second Quartet. In Tchaikovsky’s footsteps, Arensky made use here of religious chant and motifs from Russian folk music.

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Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
EditingJared Sacks
CablesVan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis, custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording FormatDSD 64
Analog To Digital ConverterGrimm Audio
Recording DateOctober 2014, October 2015
Recording LocationLeiden, the Netherlands
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProductionWillem de Bordes