Thème Russe / The Kuss Quartet play Glazunov, Scriabin, Schnittke, Tchaikovsky et al.

Album Summary

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Theme and variation no 4, for orchestra (from collaborative work
>Artsybushev, Nikolai : Variation no 1 on a Russian Folk Song, for string quartet (collective compositon with Blumenfeld, S
>Scriabin, Alexander : Variations on a Russian Theme for string quartet (collaborative compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov, e
>Glazunov, Alexander : Variations on a Russian Theme, for piano (collaborative work with Lyadov, Rimsky-Korsakov, et al.)
>Liadov, Anatole : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov, et al)
>Vitols, Jazeps : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov, et al)
>Blumenfeld, Felix : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, for string quartet (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov,
>Ewald, Victor : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, for string quartet (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov,
>Wink, Alexander Adolfovich : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov, et al)
>Sok, Nikolay Alexandrovich : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov, et al)
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album for the Young op. 39
>Stravinsky, Igor : Concertino, for string quartet
>Schnittke, Alfred : Canon in Memoriam Igor Stravinsky, for string quartet
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Kuss Quartet's Onyx debut of Schubert and Berg was praised by reviewers worldwide. With Theme Russe, the group offers listeners an enchanting program of Russian music for string quartet. The multiple-composer Variations on a Russian Folk Song has composers such as Scriabin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov and Lyadov rub shoulders with lesser-known names such as Vitols, Blumenfeld, Ewald, Winkler, Sokolov and Artsybuschev - each composer contributing one variation. Selections from Tchaikovsky's Album for the Young are followed by two 20th-century works - Stravinsky's effervescent Concertino, and Schnittke's spare and somber Canon in memoriam Igor Stravinsky. Tchaikovsky's ever-popular first String Quartet concludes this ingenious recital.

Gramophone Magazine
The Kuss Quartet's new record, 'Theme russe', consists mostly of a number of appetising morsels, not so much a meal as hors d'oeuvres...Tchaikovsky provides the only substantial work, his First Quartet, played with a lively dance lilt in the Scherzo and a gentle eloquence with the arrangement of a genuine Ukrainian folksong.

Classical Music
An intelligent, rewarding and well-recorded programme from this superb German-based quartet. The main work, Tchaikovsky's first quartet, comes at the end and is one of the finest recent performances on disc.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
The Kuss's relatively low-key approach works well in the Schnittke but makes the Concertino seem discursive and dull...The Kuss seem more at home in Dubinsky's arrangements of Tchaikovsky...In Tchaikovsky's Quartet, the players bring an understated tenderness to the well-loved slow movement.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011).



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Works Details

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Theme and variation no 4, for orchestra (from collaborative work :: Variations on a Russian Folk Song
  • Ensemble: Kuss Quartet
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Artsybushev, Nikolai : Variation no 1 on a Russian Folk Song, for string quartet (collective compositon with Blumenfeld, S
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Scriabin, Alexander : Variations on a Russian Theme for string quartet (collaborative compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov, e
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1899

>Glazunov, Alexander : Variations on a Russian Theme, for piano (collaborative work with Lyadov, Rimsky-Korsakov, et al.)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Theme and variation no 4, for orchestra (from collaborative work :: Variations on a Russian theme)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Liadov, Anatole : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov, et al)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Vitols, Jazeps : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov, et al)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Blumenfeld, Felix : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, for string quartet (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov,
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Ewald, Victor : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, for string quartet (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov,
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1899

>Wink, Alexander Adolfovich : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov, et al)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Sok, Nikolay Alexandrovich : Variations on a Russian Folk Song, (collective compositon with Glazunov, Sokolov, et al)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album for the Young op. 39 :: Russian Song
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concertino, for string quartet
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1920

>Schnittke, Alfred : Canon in Memoriam Igor Stravinsky, for string quartet
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album for the Young op. 39 :: Old French Song
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album for the Young op. 39 :: Mama
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album for the Young op. 39 :: The Hobby Horse
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album for the Young op. 39 :: March of the Wooden Soldiers
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album for the Young op. 39 :: The Sick Doll
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album for the Young op. 39 :: The Doll's Funeral
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album for the Young op. 39 :: The Witch
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album for the Young op. 39 :: Sweet Dreams
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album for the Young op. 39 :: Kamarinskaya
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (04/18/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871