Ravel & Shostakovich for Strings | Linn BKD215

Ravel & Shostakovich for Strings

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Label: Linn

Cat No: BKD215

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 16th February 2015

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About

This is the world premiere recording of Rudolph Barshaiís arrangements of Ravel and Shostakovich string quartets.

Originally released in 2003, 'Ravel & Shostakovich for strings' has been re-issued as part of Linnís Echo series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the labelís award-winning catalogue.

The specially commissioned arrangements retain the nuances that make the original string quartets so special but also add a whole world of subtle sonorities.

The Shostakovich quartet shows him in the prime of his creative life, and Barshai's orchestration adds to the texture and depth of this piece.

The Ravel String Quartet in F major is one of director Clio Gould's favourite pieces of music, so she was delighted when Rudolf Barshai agreed to orchestrate this.

Barshai, a student of Shostakovich and a founding member of the Borodin and Tchaikovsky Quartets, has also completed arrangements of Shostakovich's four chamber symphonies.

Re-defining the string orchestra, Scottish Ensemble inspires audiences with vibrant and powerful performances. Scottish Ensemble is the UKís only professional string orchestra, built around a core of twelve outstanding string players. The ensemble is known both in the UK and internationally for its versatility and ambitious programming. Performing standing up, the individual layers bring an energetic and passionate dynamic to every performance.

"A rewarding musical experience..." - BBC Music Magazine

"And magically atmospheric and intriguing it is, with every ounce of zest and colour in the original not merely captured, but given fresh (and effective) perspective." - The Herald

"Barshai's version of the Tenth offers both mystery and electrifying charm in equal measure." - The Scotsman

"It is an unqualified success." - The Sunday Herald

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