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A group of music critics guide you through some of the the most interesting new releases to keep you in touch with the latest fine music recordings.
Critic: Jerome Hoberman
This album of Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse and their Ossetian musical director, Tugan Sokhiev, features Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8: an “opera for the Orchestra” composed with an unheard dramatic power. Tugan Sokhiev was one of the last students of the conductor and excellent pedagogue, Ilya Musin, who was one of the first conductors to conduct Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, ‘Leningrad’.
Critic: Dennis Wu
Tchaikovsky's Serenade is one of the most beautiful of all works for string ensemble, and it has been frequently performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta since its establishment in 1988. Arensky wrote his Second String Quartet in memory of the composer, with whom he was befriended. His homage overflows with melancholy and dark tone colours. The middle movement, based on a song by Tchaikovsky, was later arranged by Arensky for string orchestra.
Amsterdam Sinfonietta took upon itself to arrange and perform the entire Second Quartet. In Tchaikovsky's footsteps, Arensky made use here of religious chant and motifs from Russian folk music.