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Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C

  • Catalogue Number LSO0752
    UPC 822231175223

    James Mallinson producer
    Classic Sound Ltd engineering, editing, mixing & mastering

    Recorded live at the Barbican, 27th October 2013

    DSD (direct stream digital) recording
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • **** Performance ***** Recording
    ‘Roman Simovic, (in the Tchaikovsky Serenade) encourages a soaring cantabile… Even the rhythmically propulsive Cossack-dance finale retains its expressive quality, with seductively cushioned staccatos well-captured by recording team James Mallinson and Jonathan Stokes… The bracing folk-music rhythms of Bartok’s Divertimento respond particularly well to Simovic’s affectionate approach… Simovic focuses on its lyricism, culminating in a joyous finale.’
    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… this leaderless approach magnifies the outpouring of ideas in the writings of Bartok… The LSO strings animate its [Serenade for Strings] four movements with ease, sound finesse and wonderful phrasing.’

    ‘The variety and subtlety of the textures make demands not only on performers but on the recording process, and all is well managed here. Simovic sets the Serenade off in stately, ceremonial style, drawing great warmth and depth of tone from the orchestra…’

    ‘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

    ‘A polished and poised account of Tchaikovsky’s C Major Serenade. The big and bold opening sets the scene, though 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

    ‘This coupling of Bartók and Tchaikovsky by Roman Simovic and the LSO String Ensemble is truly demonstration quality.’
    Gramophone (High Fidelity - Month Test Disc)

    ‘With no more than 26 players taking part, the spectrum of colours is surprisingly delicate (Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings) … catching fire in the finale where the focus on gentle graduations of tone and timbre yields to the more earthy vivacity one might have expected from this source ... Sonically speaking his (Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s recording of Bartók’s Divertimento) tightly miked RCA disc is outshone by this newcomer.’
    International Record Review

    ‘In both works the control of dynamics, inner voicing and rhythm is marvellous. Under Simovic’s direction its concerto grosso form is strongly projected.’
    Hifi News

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Roman Simovic, LSO String Ensemble

The LSO’s magnificent string sound is world renowned and this recording marks the LSO Live debut of the LSO String Ensemble, led by LSO Leader Roman Simovic, who directs a performance of the much loved Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings, together with Bartók’s Divertimento.

The Serenade has proved to be one of Tchaikovsky’s most enduringly popular works, a piece he described as being “passionately in love with”. Inspired in part by Mozart, its elegant music weaves Russian folk-song, and a fine example of the composer’s beloved Waltz, with an elegiac musical centrepiece.

Also featured on this release is Bartók’s Divertimento, one of the composer’s last works before leaving Europe for exile in the US. The Divertimento is a highly original work in its own unique idiom, contrasting two buoyant and light-hearted movements with a sombre Adagio in four sections.

Composers   Tchaikovsky, Bartók
Leader   Roman Simovic
Performers   LSO String Ensemble

Track list
1. Serenade for Strings in C Major: I. Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo – Allegro moderato
2. Serenade for Strings in C Major: II. Valse: Moderato – Tempo di valse
3. Serenade for Strings in C Major: III. Elegie: Larghetto elegiaco
4. Serenade for Strings in C Major: IV. Finale (Tema russo): Andante – Allegro con spirito
5. Divertimento for String Orchestra: I. Allegro ma non troppo
6. Divertimento for String Orchestra: II. Molto adagio
7. Divertimento for String Orchestra: III. Allegro assai

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