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Schubert [arr. Mahler]: Death and the Maiden [digital download]

    1. String Quartet No 14, 'Death and the Maiden', D 810: I. Allegro
    2. String Quartet No 14, 'Death and the Maiden', D 810: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
    3. Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a: II. Allegro molto
    4. Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a: V. Largo
  • Catalogue Number LSO0786
    UPC 822231178620

    James Mallinson producer
    Classic Sound Ltd engineering, editing, mixing & mastering
    Recorded live in DSD, at the Barbican on the 26th April 2015

    Format

    FLAC Studio Master stereo 24bit 96kHz
    MP3 stereo 320 kbps

    Total playing time 88m 03s
    Booklet notes in English, French and German
    Texts in original language with translation

  • LSO0752 Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C, Bartók Divertimento for String Orchestra reviews

    **** Performance ***** Recording ‘The bracing folk-music rhythms of Bartok’s Divertimento respond particularly well to Simovic’s affectionate approach.’
    BBC Music Magazine

    ***** ‘The accuracy of his [Roman Simovic’s] tempos help develop a primarily balanced vision, never at the expense of emotion and mystery.’
    Diapason

    ‘A reminder – if reminder were needed – just how world-class the string section of the London Symphony Orchestra is… Both pieces here are given performances of great authority.’
    Classical CD Choice

    ‘The performance as a whole is memorable for the subtle dynamic shades in the central movements… an acceleration in the work’s final bars showcases the ensemble’s virtuosity and brings the work to a brilliant conclusion.’
    The Strad

    ‘Simovic sets the Serenade off in stately, ceremonial style, drawing great warmth and depth of tone from the orchestra.’
    Gramophone

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Roman Simovic & LSO String Ensemble


The LSO String Ensemble, led by LSO leader Roman Simovic, gives magnificent performances of Schubert (arr. Mahler) String Quartet No 14 Death and the Maiden and Shostakovich (orch. Barshai) Chamber Symphony in C minor. 

Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet, heard here in Mahler’s stunning arrangement, is one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire. The original Quartet was written soon after Schubert had suffered from a significant period of illness, and some have speculated that it is the composer’s testament to death. The piece gains its title from the second movement, which is a set of five variations based on the melody of one of Schubert’s most poignant songs, Death and the Maiden, in which a girl struggles against the terror of impending death, that ‘grisly man of bone’, who casts himself as a welcome friend.

The Chamber Symphony in C minor is an arrangement for string orchestra of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 8, prepared with the composer’s approval by the violist, conductor, and founder of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Rudolf Barshai. Shostakovich’s Eighth Quartet was written over just three days in 1960 and the composer, deeply depressed at that time, initially intended it to be his last work. The piece is full of quotations that hold a deeply personal significance, including a motif from Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony, and references to several of Shostakovich’s own works. Most strikingly, Shostakovich’s initials ‘DSCH’ are embedded throughout the entire work, giving the piece an intensely personal musical fingerprint.

This performance was recorded live at the Barbican on 26 April 2015 as part of the LSO International Violin Festival. The LSO String Ensemble were filmed in 360 VR during this performance. 

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Composers   Schubert, Shostakovich
Leader   Roman Simovic
Performers   LSO String Ensemble

Track list
1. String Quartet No 14, 'Death and the Maiden', D 810: i. Allegro
2. String Quartet No 14, 'Death and the Maiden', D 810: ii. Andante con moto
3. String Quartet No 14, 'Death and the Maiden', D 810: iii. Scherzo: Allegro molto 
4. String Quartet No 14, 'Death and the Maiden', D 810: iv. Presto
5. Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a: i. Largo
6. Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a: ii. Allegro molto
7. Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a: iii. Allegretto
8. Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a: iv. Largo
9. Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a: v. Largo

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