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Romantic Serenades for Strings


Release Date: 04/27/2018 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95655  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyAntonín DvorákVasily KalinnikovLeos Janácek,   ... 
Performer:  Alexander Rudin
Conductor:  Alexander RudinJaroslav KrcekMassimo BelliOve Vedsten Larsen,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Viva Instrumental EnsembleCapella IstropolitanaFerruccio Busoni Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The term serenade originally signified a musical greeting, usually performed out of doors in the evening, to a beloved or a person of importance. Thus the qualities of affection and lightheartedness were established early in the history of the serenade, and they continued to be respected and exploited throughout the Romantic era. The outdoor serenade was naturally better suited to wind instruments, with their greater volume and carrying power, but a string band was more appropriate for tender and amorous expressions. Alone of the Romantics, Dvorák composed an example of each, and his Serenade for Strings is notably more relaxed and longer-limbed. However, the high watermark for the string serenade in the late 19th century was set by Read more Tchaikovsky, with a masterpiece that recalls the example of his beloved Mozart. With his neoclassical Holberg Suite, Grieg looked back further still, to the world of Baroque dances. Some of the most rewarding but least-known music in the release is also Scandinavian in origin: the two symphonically scaled Novelettes of Niels Gade. Yet more heartfelt is the early Serenade by Josef Suk, and this work from 1892 set the tone for the more impassioned works for string orchestra that would be written, still in a broadly Romantic vein, during the first half of the last century. With their greater melodic generosity and cinematic sweep, the works by Ghedini and Rota bring the genre of serenade full circle, back to a world of straightforwardly appealing expression. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Alexander Rudin (Cello)
Conductor:  Alexander Rudin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Viva Instrumental Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
2.
Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Bohemia 
3.
Serenade for Strings by Vasily Kalinnikov
Conductor:  Massimo Belli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferruccio Busoni Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 
4.
Idyll for Strings by Leos Janácek
Conductor:  Massimo Belli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferruccio Busoni Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1878; Brno, Czech Republic 
5.
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Massimo Belli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferruccio Busoni Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
6.
Novellette for Strings no 1 in F, Op. 53 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Ove Vedsten Larsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Denmark 
7.
Novellette for Strings no 2 in E, Op. 58 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Ove Vedsten Larsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883/1886; Copenhagen, Denmark 
8.
Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Flavio Emilio Scogna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Aquilani
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Budapest, Hungary 
9.
Concerto for Violin and Strings "Il Belprato" by Giorgio Federico Ghedini
Conductor:  Flavio Emilio Scogna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Aquilani
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Italy 
10.
Concerto for Strings by Nino Rota
Conductor:  Flavio Emilio Scogna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Aquilani
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964-1965; Italy 
11.
Trauermusik for Viola and Strings by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Flavio Emilio Scogna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Aquilani
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
12.
Serenade for Strings in E flat major, Op. 6 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; Prague, Czech Republ 
13.
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Stephan Barratt-Due
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Camerata
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
14.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
15.
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 

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