Romantic Serenades for Strings

Release Date: 4/27/2018
Catalog Number: BRI95655
Performer: Alexander Rudin
Number of Discs: 5

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$59.99
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 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.
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
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891 ; Russia
4. Idyll for Strings by Leos Janácek
Conductor: Massimo Belli
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1878 ; Brno, Czech Republic
5. Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Massimo Belli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; England
6. Novellette for Strings no 1 in F, Op. 53 by Niels Gade
Orchestra/Ensemble: Aarhus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Denmark
7. Novellette for Strings no 2 in E, Op. 58 by Niels Gade
Orchestra/Ensemble: Aarhus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883/1886 ; Copenhagen, Denmark
8. Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Solisti Aquilani
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; Budapest, Hungary
9. Concerto for Violin and Strings "Il Belprato" by Giorgio Federico Ghedini
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Solisti Aquilani
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ; Italy
10. Concerto for Strings by Nino Rota
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Solisti Aquilani
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1964-1965 ; Italy
11. Trauermusik for Viola and Strings by Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Solisti Aquilani
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; Germany
12. Serenade for Strings in E flat major, Op. 6 by Josef [Violin] 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
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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