- Souvenir de Florence, for string sextet or string orchestra in D major, Op. 70
- Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48
Tschaikowsky: Souvenir de Florence; Serenade C-Dur [SACD]by Ruben Gazarian
Twenty-five players and one conductor: is that too big an ensemble for Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence scored for string sextet" -- or is it too small an ensemble for Tchaikovsky's "Serenade in C major" scored for full string section? When the performances are as finely balanced, as lightly sprung, as deeply dedicated, and as consummately musical as these by Ruben Gazarian and the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the ensemble is neither too big nor too small but just right. Gazarian knows that in order to make Tchaikovsky work, you have to lean into the big tunes and the juicy harmonies and you always have to keep the tempos moving, and this approach pays off magnificently here. Although big for its size, the "Souvenir de Florence" bounces and bops, while the "Serenade," although small for its size, sings and swings. There have been other great recordings of both works in the past -- one thinks first, perhaps, of Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields -- but Gazarian and the Württemberg turn in a performance so sweet tempered, so warm toned, and so effortlessly lyrical than anyone who loves the works will certainly enjoy these performances. Bayer's super audio sound places the listener right smack dab in the middle of the Württemberg players -- a startling effect, to be sure.
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Performance CreditsRuben Gazarian Primary Artist
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