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Tchaikovsky: String Quartets

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  1. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: I. Moderato e semplice
  2. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: II. Andante cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: III. Scherzo. Allegro non tanto e con fuoco $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: IV. Finale. Allegro giusto $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet Movement in B-Flat Major (1865): Adagio misterioso - Allegro con moto
  6. Tchaikovsky — String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70, ""Souvenir de Florence": I. Allegro con spirito
  7. Tchaikovsky — String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70, ""Souvenir de Florence": II. Adagio cantabile e con moto
  8. Tchaikovsky — String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70, ""Souvenir de Florence": III. Allegretto moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Tchaikovsky — String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70, ""Souvenir de Florence": IV. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22: Adagio - Moderato assai
  11. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22: II. Scherzo. Allegro giusto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22: III. Andante ma non tanto
  13. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22: IV. Finale. Allegro con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 3 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 30: I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Andante sostenuto
  15. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 3 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 30: II. Allegretto vivo e scherzando $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 3 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 30: III. Andante funebre e doloroso, ma con moto
  17. Tchaikovsky — String Quartet No. 3 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 30: IV. Allegro non troppo e risoluto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings in B flat major (in 1 movement)
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sextet for Strings in D major, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence"
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 22
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 3 in E minor, Op. 30
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Notes & Reviews:

To some extent, this recording of all Tchaikovsky's string quartets (including the sextet "Souvenir de Florence") gives an overall picture of the composer: they cover almost the entire span of his career and are of very different character. The musicians of the Klenke Quartet prove themselves to be the ideal conduit of his personal, almost confessional messages, combining clarity and precision with bright colors and intensity. Their performance benefits from their eschewing any sense of false pathos as well as false caution: the quartet succeeds in pulling at the audience's heart strings without sentimentality -in the funeral march of Quartet No. 3, for instance. Listeners will be astounded how close Tchaikovsky allows them to come to him through his chamber music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hans Rosbaud Studio, SWR Baden-Baden.



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11
  • Running Time: 27 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings in B flat major (in 1 movement)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1865

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sextet for Strings in D major, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence"
  • Performers: Klaus Kamper (Cello); Harald Schoneweg (Viola)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-92.
  • Running Time: 34 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1887-1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 22
  • Running Time: 36 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1874

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 3 in E minor, Op. 30
  • Running Time: 38 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1876