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Tchaikovsky: Souvenir De Florence; Verdi: String Quartet / Amsterdam Sinfonietta


Release Date: 01/13/2004 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 21504   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyGiuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Channel Classics gives fantastic performances in near-perfect SACD 5.0 DSD multi-channel sound (any questions about what that means?). I say "near-perfect" because there's a touch more weight given to the rear speakers than seems to be the norm for this label, and while it didn't bother me a bit, I can imagine some listeners being disconcerted by the slight impression of an audio image that spreads around you as volume increases. That said, you won't find purer and more naturally focused string sonority anywhere. The dynamic range is huge: the finale of the Tchaikovsky grows in richness and intensity until the second subject soars to exhilarating effect. On the other hand, the gossamer pianissimos of Verdi's Prestissimo third Read more movement have amazing presence and still convey a real room ambiance.


As noted above, the recording's sonic allure complements performances of great spirit as well as precision. The Amsterdam Sinfonietta under Candida Thompson offers plenty of chamber music exactness in the quicker movements. As Tchaikovsky directs, the ensemble launches Souvenir de Florence "con spirito", and rhythmically these players can turn on a dime as easily as any quartet (or in this case, sextet). The final fugue of Verdi's quartet similarly loses none of its lightness or humor in this larger arrangement. But the players still find plenty of broadly Romantic warmth in Tchaikovsky's Adagio cantabile, and there's never a sense that the generously scaled dynamics and punchy accents are anything but the result of superior ensemble work.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sextet for Strings in D major, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890/1892; Russia 
2.
Quartet for Strings in E minor by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Candida Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 WONDERFUL! May 19, 2012 By WILLIAM DUESING (PHOENIX, AZ) See All My Reviews "THIS IS MUSIC AT THE FINEST. IT IS WONDERFUL TO HAVE THESE TWO ITEMS ON THE SAME CD. TRULY, IT IS CONCERT HALL SOUND. THE AMSTERDAM SINFONIETTA IS ONE TO REMEMBER FOR FUTURE SHOPPING. THANK YOU." Report Abuse
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