Notes & Reviews:
Peter Tchaikovsky was in a class all by himself when it came to expressing great human emotions in music that grips the heart. Even years before the incomparable Pathétique Symphony he wrote a string quartet anticipating the symphonic depth of departure, mourning, and death with an intensity going to pitch and marrow.
The Utrecht String Quartet has recorded this rarely performed masterpiece on the second volume of its complete edition of Tchaikovsky's quartet literature, along with a unique work: the highly imaginative Children's Album, genuinely in the original Russian quartet version!
This newest recording by the Utrecht String Quartet has been produced in the finest SACD technique. In the unique, 3D 2+2+2 sound picture an intensive you-are there feeling results, leaving nobody unmoved and giving free rein to the emotions.
This is a dual layer hybrid SAC playable on all CD players in normal stereo.
American Record Guide, March/April 2014
I find them very satisfying. The composer himself considered Quartet 2 his best work. If you ask me, Quartet 3 is just as good, and the Utrecht Quartet treats us to a splendid reading. Work is an arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Children's Album, 23 short pieces originally for piano. I'm going to come right out and say that this arrangement is more effective than the original. The colors and expressive capabilities of the quartet are fully exploited to bring out the character of each little piece perfectly.
Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (06/2013).
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Works DetailsTchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 3 in E minor, Op. 30
- Ensemble: Utrecht String Quartet
- Running Time: 37 min. 57 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Chamber Music
- Written: 1876
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album pour enfants, Op. 39 :: 24 Easy Pieces, for piano, Op. 39
- Running Time: 22 min. 33 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1878