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Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 3

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Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 3

  • CDR 90000 056
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    • I. Moderato e semplice (10:55)

    • PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)

      String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (28:20)

      I. Moderato e semplice (10:55)

    • II. Andante cantabile (6:15)

    • II. Andante cantabile (6:15)

    • III. Scherzo: Allegro non tanto (4:02)

    • III. Scherzo: Allegro non tanto (4:02)

    • IV. Finale: Allegro giusto (6:54)

    • IV. Finale: Allegro giusto (6:54)

    • I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Andante sostenuto (16:41)

    • String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 30 (38:45)

      I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Andante sostenuto (16:41)

    • II. Allegretto vivo e scherzando (4:14)

    • II. Allegretto vivo e scherzando (4:14)

    • III. Andante funebre e doloroso ma con moto

    • III. Andante funebre e doloroso ma con moto

    • IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo e risoluto (6:07)

    • IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo e risoluto (6:07)

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Formed at Marlboro in 1969, the revered Vermeer, "one of the world's premier quartets" (Chicago Tribune), applies its characteristically "virtuous energy level" (Los Angeles Times) to Tchaikovsky's much-favored First Quartet and his seldom-heard Third.

The famous "Andante cantabile" movement of the First Quartet ranges from moving melancholy to lyrical ecstasy. It's said to have made Tolstoy cry, and gained such immediate popularity that Tchaikovsky worried it might overshadow the rest of his music.

An epitome of full-bore, heartfelt Romanticism, the rarely recorded Third Quartet is an elegiac tribute to a close friend. Especially eloquent and moving is its slow movement, marked "Andante funebre e doloroso."

With this CD, the Vermeer concludes its survey of Tchaikovsky's chamber works for strings, which began with Cedille Records' 1994 release of the String Quartet No. 2 and string sextet, "Souvenir de Florence" (CDR 90000 017). The Chicago Tribune's John von Rhein called it "one of the most successful discs for [Cedille] to date" and praised the Vermeer's "lean, sharply dramatic" interpretation. Terry Teachout of the New York Daily News gave it a four-star review for its "passionate, extroverted performances" and "beautifully recorded" sound.

Hear these vibrant Quartets played with the "edge that makes a Vermeer concert a dynamic experience" (Rocky Mountain News).

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Album Details

Total Time: 67:15

Recorded: October 1999 & May 2000 at WFMT Chicago, Illinois
Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Cover: Red Square, Moscow. Photo © Adri Berger/Stone
Design: Melanie Germond
Notes: Andrea Lamoreaux

© 2001 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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