Related Reviews
The Herald Scotland
Top 10 Scottish Classical Albums of 2015: #4 spot
more >>
Hi-Fi News
4½ Stars
Album Choice: 'The finale has some quite thrilling string ensemble playing.'
more >>
Fanfare
'The vivacious and highly musical performances are a standout.'
more >>
American Record Guide
'The sound on both of these discs is just superb.'
more >>
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.'
more >>
BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'Expertly played, immaculately paced and skilfully shaped...'
more >>
Pizzicato
'The Shostakovich transcription has an expressivity that goes well with the music.'
more >>
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.'
more >>
The Observer
4 Stars
'The Scottish Ensemble's crystal-clear playing is a joy.'
more >>
The Telegraph
4 Stars
'Jonathan Morton's Scottish Ensemble reveal new spectrums of colour in Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.'
more >>
SA-CD.net
4 Stars
'An invigorating release.'
more >>
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.'
more >>
The Times
4 Stars
'superbly virtuosic'
more >>
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.'
more >>

Scottish Ensemble - Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich - BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’


28 February 2015
BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
Andrew McGregor

Jonathon Morton's intelligent arrangement of Shostakovich's 2nd string quartet is the coupling, the drones and folk like dance tunes that open it a stark shock after the warmth of the Tchaikovsky. It's the epic scale and rich sound-world that Morton says attracted him to this Shostakovich quartet and its handy it isn't one of the ones that Rudolph Barshai has already arranged for chamber orchestra. It gains in lushness but loses some of its bleakness, in no way the fault of the Scottish Ensemble, and the opening of the second movement recitative and romance solo violin keening of a held string chord is especially haunting. It's an enjoyable recording whichever way you look at it.


Bookmark and Share


Related Links

Scottish EnsembleScottish Ensemble
Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich for stringsTchaikovsky & Shostakovich for strings