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Dvorak, Tchaikovsky: String Sextets / Chang, Hartog, Christ

Release Date: 09/17/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57243   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Sarah ChangBernhard HartogWolfram ChristTanja Christ,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Remember that summer when you and Fabrizio rode your Vespas across the Ponte Vecchio and ate bruschette in front of Santa Maria del Fiore? Well, ok,we don't either, but from the striding opening through the race to the finish, it's clear that Sarah Chang and company want you to think you do. Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence is a postcard from Italy written in Russian, Tchaikovsky's bright and sunny reminiscences of his own "Grand Tour," italianate in spirit but underpinned with Tchaikosvky's unique brand of Russian fire.

The players in the ad hoc sextet drawn from the Berlin Philharmonic romp along with Tchaikovsky, but still spin out the cantabile lines of sentimental second movement without preciousness. It's the
Read more blinding flurry of double-stops in the finale, though, that make the CD player sweat. Like the Souvenir de Florence Antonin Dvorak's String Sextet is characteristically gentle and warm-hearted; the firm of Chang, Hartog, Christ, Christ, Faust and Maninger are in tune with its rustic good humor.

David Simmons, WQXR
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Works on This Recording

Sextet for Strings in A major, Op. 48/ B 80 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Sarah Chang (Violin), Bernhard Hartog (Violin), Wolfram Christ (Viola),
Tanja Christ (Viola), Georg Faust (Cello), Olaf Maninger (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 33 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Sextet for Strings in D major, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Wolfram Christ (Viola), Sarah Chang (Violin), Bernhard Hartog (Violin),
Tanja Christ (Viola), Georg Faust (Cello), Olaf Maninger (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890/1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 34 Minutes 38 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Souvenir de Florence Op. 70: I - Allegro con spirito
Souvenir de Florence Op. 70: II - Adagio cantabile e con moto
Souvenir de Florence Op. 70: III - Allegretto moderato
Souvenir de Florence Op. 70: IV - Allegro vivace
Sextet Op.48: I Allegro moderato
Sextet Op.48: II Dumka (elegie) poco allegretto
Sextet Op.48: III Furiant presto
Sextet Op.48: IV Finale tema con variazioni

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