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Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich for strings

Scottish Ensemble

Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich for strings

...premiere recording
CKD 472 (Linn Records)
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1
Serenade for strings, Op. 48: Pezzo in forma di sonatina. Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato

Serenade for strings, Op. 48: Pezzo in forma di sonatina. Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato

Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
08:42 Play $3.40
2
Serenade for strings, Op. 48: Valse. Moderato. Tempo di Valse

Serenade for strings, Op. 48: Valse. Moderato. Tempo di Valse

Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
03:48 Play $1.70
3
Serenade for strings, Op. 48: Elegia. Larghetto elegiaco

Serenade for strings, Op. 48: Elegia. Larghetto elegiaco

Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
08:50 Play $3.40
4
Serenade for strings, Op. 48: Finale (Tema russo). Andante - Allegro con spirito

Serenade for strings, Op. 48: Finale (Tema russo). Andante - Allegro con spirito

Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
07:16 Play $3.40
5
String Quartet, Op. 68, No. 2 arr. Jonathan Morton: Overture. Moderato con moto

String Quartet, Op. 68, No. 2 arr. Jonathan Morton: Overture. Moderato con moto

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich 
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
08:37 Play $3.40
6
String Quartet, Op. 68, No. 2 arr. Jonathan Morton: Recitative and Romance. Adagio

String Quartet, Op. 68, No. 2 arr. Jonathan Morton: Recitative and Romance. Adagio

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich 
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
10:52 Play $5.10
7
String Quartet, Op. 68, No. 2 arr. Jonathan Morton: Waltz. Allegro

String Quartet, Op. 68, No. 2 arr. Jonathan Morton: Waltz. Allegro

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich 
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
06:02 Play $3.40
8
String Quartet, Op. 68, No. 2 arr. Jonathan Morton: Theme with Variations. Adagio

String Quartet, Op. 68, No. 2 arr. Jonathan Morton: Theme with Variations. Adagio

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich 
Conductor Jonathan Morton
Band Scottish Ensemble
11:19 Play $5.10
Total Running Time 65 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Under the directorship of Jonathan Morton, Scottish Ensemble adds the Tchaikovsky Serenade, regarded by the composer as one of his finest works, to its impressive Linn discography.

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Jonathan Morton

Jonathan Morton

Jonathan Morton is Artistic Director and Leader of Scottish Ensemble and enjoys a varied career as a director, leader, soloist, chamber musician and teacher.
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Russian Romantic composer known the world over for works such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, 1812 Overture and his last three numbered symphonies.
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Scottish Ensemble

Scottish Ensemble

Versatile and vibrant string ensemble who are as much at home with contemporary music as the Baroque, who deliver consistently high quality performances.
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Imbued with the classical spirit of Mozart, but with Tchaikovsky's style to the fore, the Serenade contains some strikingly effective scoring and an exhilarating Finale the ensemble relishes. SE brings the same level of precision and finish you would expect from a string quartet; this is particularly evident in the elegiac 3rd movement, one of Tchaikovsky's most inspired musical moments.

This recording also marks the premiere of Jonathan Morton's 2013 transcription of Shostakovich's Quartet No. 2. Drawn to the work's large, epic scale and the richness of its sound-world, Morton was keen for the ensemble to tackle this masterpiece from the chamber repertoire. With his arrangement Morton adds to SE's enviable reputation for Shostakovich transcriptions established by the late Rudolf Barshai.

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The Herald Scotland
Top 10 Scottish Classical Albums of 2015: #4 spot
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Hi-Fi News
4½ Stars
Album Choice: 'The finale has some quite thrilling string ensemble playing.'
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Fanfare
'The vivacious and highly musical performances are a standout.'
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American Record Guide
'The sound on both of these discs is just superb.'
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Classics Today
4½ Stars
'A performance of exceptional textural clarity and articulation...All told, this is an intriguing disc, made all the more enjoyable by the excellent recorded sound.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'Expertly played, immaculately paced and skilfully shaped...'
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Pizzicato
'The Shostakovich transcription has an expressivity that goes well with the music.'


Classical CD Choice
'Here is a sterling example: while both of these pieces have enjoyed recommendable interpretations before, this particular coupling - performed with suitable panache - allows the listener to compare two great Russian masters from different eras.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
'Jonathon Morton's intelligent arrangement of Shostakovich's 2nd string quartet is the coupling...It's an enjoyable recording...'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'The Scottish Ensemble's crystal-clear playing is a joy.'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
'Jonathan Morton's Scottish Ensemble reveal new spectrums of colour in Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.'
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SA-CD.net
4 Stars
'An invigorating release.'
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Herald Scotland
'It is a stonker, with a characteristically big-boned, confident and (under the consummately authoritative leadership of Jonathan Morton) compelling performance of Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings, the greatest of all classics for string orchestra.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'superbly virtuosic'
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Gramophone
'The two works, in fact, are not only extremely well and intelligently played but give the listener much food for thought about Russia in their juxtaposition.'
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