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Tchaikovsky String Quartets Nos 1 - 3, Souvenir De Florence / Ipo Richter String Quartet

Tchaikovsky / Ipo Richter String Quartet
Release Date: 04/10/2012 
Label:  Helicon   Catalog #: 29639   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Kirill MihanovskyVladislav Krasnov
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"It is a terrible irony" wrote Vladimir Ashkenazy, "that so much suffering and torment bequeathed us so much wonderful music". Following the death, in 1875, of Ferdinand Laub, the violinist who had led the first performances of his two previous quartets, Tchaikovsky experienced a creative surge that led to the third quartet. After an enthusiastic reception to a performance in Moscow, Tchaikovsky said: "I think I am all written-out .... I've begun to repeat myself and can't come up with anything new". If it was not painful to see a creator if his caliber be torn apart by constant lack of self-confidence, it would almost be ironic, since this is probably the strongest and most intense of his quartets – the masterpiece of the genre. "It is a terrible irony" wrote Vladimir Ashkenazy, "that so much suffering and torment bequeathed us so much wonderful music". Following the death, in 1875, of Ferdinand Laub, the violinist who had led the first performances of his two previous quartets, Tchaikovsky experienced a creative surge that led to the third quartet. After an enthusiastic reception to a performance in Moscow, Tchaikovsky said: "I think I am all written-out .... I've begun to repeat myself and can't come up with anything new". If it was not painful to see a creator if his caliber be torn apart by constant lack of self-confidence, it would almost be ironic, since this is probably the strongest and most intense of his quartets – the masterpiece of the genre. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Russia 
Venue:  Frederic Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Isra 
Length: 28 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 22 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Venue:  Frederic Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Isra 
Length: 35 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in E minor, Op. 30 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876 
Venue:  Frederic Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Isra 
Length: 35 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Sextet for Strings in D major, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Kirill Mihanovsky (Cello), Vladislav Krasnov (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890/1892; Russia 
Venue:  Frederic Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Isra 
Length: 33 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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