Tchaikovsky - String Quartets 1 & 3
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Label: CuGate Classics
Cat No: CGC009
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 22nd January 2016
WorksString Quartet no.1 in D major, op.11
String Quartet no.3 in E flat minor, op.30
ArtistsNew Philharmonic Quartet
Tchaikovsky’s Quartet no.1 in D major, op.11, like his First Symphony, is often compared to the lyrical diary of an artist, in which impressions and feelings are expressed in contrasting juxtapositions of musical images. The mood of the first movement (Moderato e semplice) is one of remarkable integrity and serves as a preparation for the second movement, the famous Andante cantabile, which most completely expresses the fundamental mood of the whole work - bright, cloudless, youthful joie de vivre. Tchaikovsky wrote his Quartet no.3 in E flat minor, op.30 closely related to Beethoven’s symphonies in its treatment of the idea of irresistible fate and the problem of life and death which would trouble the composer for all of his creative life. The third is the most dramatic of Tchaikovsky’s quartets, however, he does not want the end to be tragic. Having driven the “action” to its tragic summit, he switches it into a different field for the finale where death’s gloom is overcome by a call to action and the hale breath of life.
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