Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists: Edvard Grieg, "From Holber's Time," Op. 40; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"; Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48

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Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists: Edvard Grieg, "From Holber's Time," Op. 40; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"; Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48


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Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists: Edvard Grieg, "From Holber's Time," Op. 40; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"; Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48. (Onyx Classics 4037)

A trifecta force, this CD spotlights three powerful pieces from a trio of impressive and historic composers: Edvard Grieg's Op. 40, Mozart's "Eine kleine Nachtmusik," and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C major. Listening to this music on one disc is an absolute delight, especially with Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists at the helm.

The "Holberg Suite," or more properly, "From Holberg's Time," dances just as it should and is an apt way to open the recording. The suite's five moments are reflective of 18th-century dance forms and are much more folkloric than his more recently success- ful pieces Peer Gynt and the epic Piano Concerto in A minor. Grieg hailed from the same hometown as Holberg, and Bashmet does much here to spotlight Grieg's affection.

You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone these day who doesn't recognize the familiar lines of "Eine kleine Nachtmusik," in particular the rousing ascending arpeggio (sometimes called the "Mannheim Rocket"). …

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