Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

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Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3

Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3


Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30


The Heath Quartet makes its harmonia mundi début with this contrasting programme of Tchaikovsky’s String Quartets: his Quartet No. 1 (famed for its plaintive “Andante cantabile”) and the tempestuous No. 3 (dedicated to the memory of Ferdinand Laub).

Since being selected by YCAT and winning 1st Prize at the Tromp Competition in 2008 the Heath Quartet has forged a strong international presence. In 2011 they were awarded a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and undertook complete Beethoven cycles at the Facyl Festival in Salamanca and in Edinburgh. Highlights over the last year have included recitals at Wigmore Hall as part of the Emerging Talent scheme, including the premiere of a new work by Luke Bedford and collaborations with Stephen Hough and Ian Bostridge. Future engagements include complete Tippett and Bartók cycles, and a recital with the soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci at Wigmore Hall, debut recitals at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, return visits to the Concertgebouw and their USA debut.

“Russian interpreters have tended to dominate this repertoire in the catalogue, so it’s good to hear these outstanding young British musicians in still relatively neglected works...the Heath players pour out Tchaikovsky’s grief for his friend with a depth of tone and virtuosity – in the allegros – that matches the finest Russians on disc. A notable debut.” Sunday Times, 20th November 2016

“Strings muted, energies quelled, the Heath Quartet taps into the music’s melancholy …the Heath Quartet brings to Tchaikovsky urgency and a willingness to engage with intensity” Financial Times, 25th November 2016

“the Heath Quartet address [the First Quartet] with subdued affection in this endearing recording…but joyous moments also abound…the Heaths unleash a healthy exuberance in its Finale, and again in the Third’s puckish Allegretto. They sign off the later quartet with a radiant topping of optimism underpinned by bristling rhythmic energy.” The Scotsman, 30th November 2016 ****

“one of the things I was very impressed by in this performance is that they make this Tchaikovsky sound almost closer to Brahms in some ways…Tchaikovsky’s thought processes are so often undervalued, we get so swept away by the emotion that we don’t realise he was also a very fine musical thinker too…they [the Heath Quartet] show that you don’t have to go overboard to capture that sense of loss of grief” Record Review, 26th November 2016

“Tchaikovsky’s contradictions as a composer are neatly captured and untangled here by the Heath Quartet. In the Quartet No 1, the warmth of their playing hits the ear first, but what is really impressive is how naturally they make the changes of pace and mood unfold in the opening movement.” The Guardian, 8th December 2016 ****

“The Heath Quartet’s account is rather dry-eyed, stressing the lyrical over the melancholy compared with the Borodin Quartet’s more sentimental reading for Teldec. The Heath’s sound is bright and without undue vibrato, which gives their playing a slightly cool edge for this repertoire” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“These are acutely observed, restrained performances that seem immediately to take the listener to the heart of the music. Without sacrificing the overall architecture and musical argument, details emerge naturally with freshness and vitality: whilst it is difficult to single out any particular highlight, the grave slow movement of the third quartet is remarkable for its depth and concentration,” Classical Music, February 2017

“The lovely sense of blend in the opening of the first quartet reflects their experience in Beethoven: there is a beautiful, Germanic warmth to the sound that actually sounds rather un-Russian.” MusicWeb International, 23rd February 2017

“fine ensemble and technical accuracy … If you don’t own a recording of these fascinating quartets, this is a good starting point” The Strad, March 2017

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Ravel, Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Works for String Quartet

Ravel, Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Works for String Quartet


Rachmaninov:

String Quartet No. 1: Romance

Ravel:

String Quartet in F major

Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11


Puertas Quartet

This CD was made possible by the belief and generosity of our supporters in both the UK and New Zealand and we hope you get as much enjoyment from listening to it as we did recording it.

Our first CD for Atoll featuring the music of New Zealand composer Keith Statham, spent six weeks at No.1 in the Radio New Zealand Classical Chart.

For this, our second disc, we have chosen to record repertoire that formed the backbone of our two most recent tours, Ravel’s impressionist masterpiece and Tchaikovsky’s first quartet with the famous Andante cantabile second movement. For the final piece on the disc we owe thanks to our former NZSO colleague, Allan Chisholm, for introducing us to it. This beautiful Romance is the slow movement from the first incomplete string quartet by Rachmaninov, written when he was just 16 years of age.

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Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 & Souvenir de Florence

Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 & Souvenir de Florence


Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Gabrieli String Quartet

String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 22

Gabrieli String Quartet

String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30

Gabrieli String Quartet

Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

arranged for string orchestra

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner


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’ (String Quartets)

“The Gabrieli's survey of Tchaikovsky's String Quartets is more lyrical than dramatic, while a slow-burning string-ensemble performance of Souvenir de Florence makes a useful filler.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 ***

“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

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Verdi, Tchaikovsky & Smetana: String Quartets

Verdi, Tchaikovsky & Smetana: String Quartets


Smetana:

String Quartet No. 1 in E minor 'From My Life'

Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Verdi:

String Quartet in E minor


DG Originals - 4791924

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Borodin, Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky: String Quartets

Borodin, Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky: String Quartets


Borodin:

String Quartet No. 2 in D major

Borodin String Quartet

Shostakovich:

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

Borodin String Quartet

Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Gabrieli String Quartet


Tchaikovsky’s First Quartet, Borodin’s Second and Shostakovich’s Eighth are three of the finest quartets in the Russian repertory. They reveal that Russian composers were hardly less at home in the relatively private medium of the string quartet than when writing for the more spectacular full symphony orchestra. Both, the Tchaikovsky and the Borodin have received fame beyond the originals for their slow movements – the Tchaikovsky for its ‘Andante cantabile’ movement, the Borodin for its ‘nocturne’. The Gabrielis were one of the first ensemble to make stereo recordings of all three quartets and the Borodins’ 1962 recording (their original line-up) of the Borodin and Shostakovich quartets is one of the great chamber music recordings of all time.

“we were impressed by the beautifully natural and well blended sound that producer Richard Beswick and balance engineers Kenneth Wilkinson and Stanley Goodall have obtained” Gramophone Magazine, March 1978

“a magnificent disc which I enjoyed very much […] the sound quality is as splendid as the playing” Gramophone Magazine, February 1963

“The Borodin/Shostakovich (a classic LP coupling) still sounds wonderful. The springy Scherzo of the Borodin is pure leasure, and the Gabrieli's Tchaikovsky compares favourably.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 *****

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Tchaikovsky: Complete Music for String Quartet

Tchaikovsky: Complete Music for String Quartet


Tchaikovsky:

Five Early Pieces

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 22

Adagio Molto for String Quartet & Harp

with Emilia Moskvitina (harp)

String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30

String Quartet movement in B flat major (1865)

Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)


Shostakovich Quartet

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Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 22

Five Early Pieces


Shostakovich Quartet

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Thème Russe

Thème Russe


 

Variations On A Russian Folk Song

Scriabin, Glazunov, Vitols, Rimsky-Korsakov, Lyadov, Blumenfeld et al

Schnittke:

Canon in memoriam Igor Stravinsky for string quartet

Stravinsky:

Concertino for String Quartet

Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Album for the Young, Op. 39 (extracts)


Kuss Quartet

An enchanting programme of Russian music for string quartet from the acclaimed Kuss Quartet. The multiple-composer 'Variations on a Russian folk song' has composers such as Scriabin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov and Lyadov rub shoulders with lesser-known names such as Vitols, Blumenfeld, Ewald, Winkler, Sokolov and Artsybuschev – each composer contributing a variation.

Selections from Tchaikovsky’s 'Album for the Young' frame two 20th-century works: Stravinsky’s effervescent 'Concertino', and Schnittke’s spare and sombre 'Canon in memoriam Igor Stravinsky'. • Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular First String Quartet concludes an ingeniously constructed programme.

“The Kuss Quartet's new record, 'Theme russe', consists mostly of a number of appetising morsels, not so much a meal as hors d'oeuvres...Tchaikovsky provides the only substantial work, his First Quartet, played with a lively dance lilt in the Scherzo and a gentle eloquence with the arrangement of a genuine Ukrainian folksong” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

“An intelligent, rewarding and well-recorded programme from this superb German-based quartet. The main work, Tchaikovsky's first quartet, comes at the end and is one of the finest recent performances on disc.” Classical Music, 21st April 2012 *****

“The Kuss's relatively low-key approach works well in the Schnittke but makes the Concertino seem discursive and dull...The Kuss seem more at home in Dubinsky's arrangements of Tchaikovsky...In Tchaikovsky's Quartet, the players bring an understated tenderness to the well-loved slow movement” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ***/****

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Tchaikovsky: String Quartet & Souvenir de Florence

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet & Souvenir de Florence


Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

with Ophélie Gaillard (cello) & Lise Berthaud (viola)


Novus Quartet

After an audacious label and album debut dedicated to Webern, Beethoven and Yun, the young musicians of the Novus Quartet interpret with passion two essential works from Tchaikovsky's chamber music: the First Quartet and the Sextet 'Souvenir de Florence' aided and abetted by two guests, cellist Ophélie Gaillard and viola player Lise Berthaud.

These two works, milestones in the career of the composer (the first written in 1871; the second in 1887), show Tchaikovsky's inclination for popular melodies. Clarity and technique serving musical expression, the fiery strings of the Novus Quartet spread a warm, homogenous sound that invites melancholy, in the slow movements, and paints the exultation of Tchaikovsky's poetic universe.

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Tchaikovsky: The String Quartets & Souvenir de Florence

Tchaikovsky: The String Quartets & Souvenir de Florence


Tchaikovsky:

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

Heinrich Talalyan (viola), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)


Composed between 1871 and 1875 were Tchaikovsky's String Quartets. The quartets still belong to his early period but are considered among the most significant of the second half of hte nineteenth century, a period that, despite a significant production for this chamber ensemble, does not include masterpieces comparable to those of Beethoven and Schubert. There are many versions of the quartets and the one presented here is one of the few truly historical versions that exists - they are the recording of the late fifties made by the first formation of the legendary Borodin Quartet, which relies on the presence of Mstislav Rostropovich and Heinrich Talalyan for the recording of the famous "Souvenir de Florance", one of the major Sextets of the Nineteenth Century, writtein in 1890.

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