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Bartok * Tchaikovsky: Bartok Divertimento

Magazine article Gramophone

Bartok * Tchaikovsky: Bartok Divertimento

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Bartok * Tchaikovsky

Bart ok Divertimento, Sz113

Tchaikovsky Serenade, Op 48

London Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble / Roman Simovic vn

LSO Live [M] [SACD] LS00752 (56' * DDD/DSD)

Recorded live at the Barbican, London, October 27, 2013


Tchaikovsky's Serenade and Bartok's Divertimento go well together, their liveliness and ease or invention concealing the brilliance and ingenuity of the craftsmanship. Tchaikovsky was 'terribly in love' with his work, he told his publisher, 'a piece from the heart'. The variety and subtlety of the textures make demands not only on performers but on the recording process, and all is well managed here. Simovic sets the Serenade off in stately, ceremonial style, drawing great warmth and depth of tone from the orchestra, but then raises the curtain, as it were, on marvellously subtle inventive patterns from which a sense of the footlights is never very far away. …

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