MUSIC SAMPLES (MP3)
- Romanian Dances [4:48, mp3,
2 250 Kb]
- Concerto Grosso #1,
Rondo (fragment) [3:20, mp3, 1566 Kb]
Lidia Kovalenko, violin
Ilya Ioff, violin
Mikhail Blekher, prepared piano, harpsichord
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- Prelude #10 (Tell My MuZic Outů) [3:07,
mp3, 1465 Kb]
The Divertissement String Ensemble,
Synthesizer and drum programming,
all other instruments and sampling: G.Voskoboinik
The Divertissement String Ensemble
and "Northern Flowers" presents
The new CD from the "St.Petersburg Musical Archive"
Tchaikovsky - Souvenir de Florence
Schoenberg - Transfigured Night
Souvenir de Florence
The Sextet is a fusion of the tragic anxiety of Tchaikovsky's last period and
his longing for the aura of folk, primarily Italian, music. The first movement
is full of tragic emotion, while its tunes originate from passionate Italian instrumental
traditionals; the adorable serenade in the second movement is but occasionally
interrupted by intrusions of gloomy images of a funeral liturgy; and the poetical
melancholy and unity of beat in the third movement are akin to Beethoven's famous
Allegretto from the Seventh Symphony, while the finale combines a springy tarantella
rhythm, a hefty march-like attitude, and a frenzied folk-dance.
The Souvenir de Florence sextet for two violins, two violas,
and two cellos was conceived by Tchaikovsky in the Florence winter and spring
of 1890 that are so memorable for Russian music. It was developing at the same
time as The Queen of Spades, and became one of the most inspired and perfect creations
of the great master.
Souvenir de Florence
spirito (fragment) [4:00, mp3, 1876 Kb]
The Transfigured Night sextet,
written in 1899 after Richard Demel's poem "Woman and the World", owes much to
the 19th century in its musical language and literary program. Moreover, Transfigured
Night is much deeper related to the Romanticism traditions than symphonic works
by Richard Strauss written about that same time, or even earlier symphonies of
In the literary source of the Sextet we find typical attributes
of the Romantic era: a woman and a man; a moonlit night; delight in the beauty
of Nature. The composer followed the contents of the book in every detail, with
all deviations from the general sonata allegro pattern attributable to the text.
Richard Demel wrote to Schoenberg that he, when listening to Transfigured Night
in concert, was trying to track the motives of his text, but soon forgot it enchanted
by the music.
Night (fragment) [3:35, mp3, 1683 Kb]
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