Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C major for Strings, Op. 48

Tchaikovsky wrote his Serenade in C major for Strings, Op. 48 and the 1812 Overture back-to-back during the autumn of 1880 but his attitude to the two pieces couldn’t have been more different. He said that he wrote the 1812 Overture "without any warm feelings of love"   whereas the serenade was music that "I wrote from inner compulsion. This is a piece from the heart".

So much has been written about it that really I don’t think I’ve anything useful to add. So I’ll confine myself to commenting about the performance. We generally hear this performed by fairly large musical forces so hearing it performed by a chamber orchestra – in fact an ensemble assembled by the Amfir Quartet, can sometimes come as a bit of  a surprise. What’s definitely a surprise is the fact that a chamber orchestra can produce such a big sound. Close your eyes from time to time as you listen to this superb performance and then open them and count how few musicians there are producing this magnificently rich and deep sound. Enjoy :-).


Video Source: P.Tchaikovsky. Serenade for Strings. – YouTube. Published on Sep 14, 2012 by amfirquartet.

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