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Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 1 & 3 / Vermeer Quartet


Release Date: 05/22/2001 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 56   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mathias TackeShmuel AshkenasiRichard YoungMarc Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vermeer String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Formed at Marlboro in 1969, the revered Vermeer, "one of the world's premier quartets" (Chicago Tribune), applies its characteristically "virtuous energy level" (Los Angeles Times) to Tchaikovsky's much-favored First Quartet and his seldom-heard Third.

The famous "Andante cantabile" movement of the First Quartet ranges from moving melancholy to lyrical ecstasy. It's said to have made Tolstoy cry, and gained such immediate popularity that Tchaikovsky worried it might overshadow the rest of his music.

An epitome of full-bore, heartfelt Romanticism, the rarely recorded Third Quartet is an elegiac tribute to a close friend. Especially eloquent and moving is its slow movement, marked
Read more "Andante funebre e doloroso."

With this CD, the Vermeer concludes its survey of Tchaikovsky's chamber works for strings, which began with Cedille Records' 1994 release of the String Quartet No. 2 and string sextet, "Souvenir de Florence" (CDR 90000 017). The Chicago Tribune's John von Rhein called it "one of the most successful discs for [Cedille] to date" and praised the Vermeer's "lean, sharply dramatic" interpretation. Terry Teachout of the New York Daily News gave it a four-star review for its "passionate, extroverted performances" and "beautifully recorded" sound.

Hear these vibrant Quartets played with the "edge that makes a Vermeer concert a dynamic experience" (Rocky Mountain News).
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mathias Tacke (Violin), Shmuel Ashkenasi (Violin), Richard Young (Viola),
Marc Johnson (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vermeer String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1999-2000 
Venue:  WFMT, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 28 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mathias Tacke (Violin), Shmuel Ashkenasi (Violin), Richard Young (Viola),
Marc Johnson (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vermeer String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1999-2000 
Venue:  WFMT, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 38 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: I. Moderato e semplice
String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: II. Andante cantabile
String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: III. Scherzo: Allegro non tanto
String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: IV. Finale: Allegro giusto
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30: I. Andante sostenuto. Allegro moderato. Andante sostenuto
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30: II. Allegretto vivo e scherzando
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30: III. Andante funebre e doloroso ma con moto
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30: IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo e risoluto

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