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Dvorák, Tchaikovsky: String Sextets
     

Dvorák, Tchaikovsky: String Sextets

by Sarah Chang
 
Even the starriest of star soloists finds it difficult to resist the lure of chamber music, and listening to this disc, it's easy to understand why. Violinist Sarah Chang and members of the Berlin Philharmonic perform Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and Dvorák's A Major Sextet, works that are among the most tuneful and

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Even the starriest of star soloists finds it difficult to resist the lure of chamber music, and listening to this disc, it's easy to understand why. Violinist Sarah Chang and members of the Berlin Philharmonic perform Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and Dvorák's A Major Sextet, works that are among the most tuneful and warmhearted in the entire chamber repertoire. Perhaps it is partly the instrumental configuration -- pairs of violins, violas, and cellos -- that inspired the composers to write music of such textural richness, as did Brahms in his sextets, which share similar attributes. In any case, both of these works are easily and eminently lovable, especially in performances as gregarious as these. The Tchaikovsky is passionately played yet graceful -- characteristics one might describe as Italianate or Russian, depending on one's point of view. The Dvorák is more delicately rendered but full of vitality and rustic charm. EMI's crystalline engineering emphasizes the ensemble's plush tone. Urgently recommended.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
Sarah Chang's warmly individual artistry is superbly matched by players drawn from the Berlin Philharmonic, past and present.... These are players who not only respond to each other's artistry, but do so with the most polished ensemble and a rare clarity of inner texture, not easy with a sextet.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0724355724328
catalogNumber:
57243

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  1. Souvenir de Florence, for string sextet or string orchestra in D major, Op. 70
  2. String Sextet in A major, B. 80 (Op. 48)

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