Tchaikovsky, Arensky

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

(9 press reviews)
Original Recording Format: DSD 64
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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.


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Serenade for Strings - Pezzo in forma di Sonatina
Serenade for Strings - Valse
Serenade for Strings - Elegie
Serenade for Strings - Finale
Chamber Symphony - Moderato
Chamber Symphony - Theme, variations
Chamber Symphony - Finale

Total time: 00:56:20

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Van den Hul

Digital Converters

Grimm Audio

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks, Tom Caulfield (DSD 512)


Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps


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Original Recording Format


Willem de Bordes

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Leiden, The Netherlands. Tchaikovsky: 19 October 2014 // Arensky: 18 & 19 October 2015

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64


Grimm LS1

Release DateAugust 30, 2019

Press reviews

Diapason 3 out of 5

(…) le niveau usuel de l’Amsterdam Sinfonietta: un orchestre étagé, des fréquences graves nourries, de l’aération, une circulation sonore et musicale entre les pupitres. (…)


(…) the Sinfonietta violins are as sweet and silky as one could wish for (…) The dynamic range of both ensemble and discreetly resonant recording (…) defies one’s best efforts to listen beneath the theme and into the busy textures (…)


L’Amsterdam Sinfonietta et Candida Thompson ont eu l’excellente idée de confier au contrebassiste, compositeur et arrangeur néerlandais?Marijn van Prooijen?la transcription des premier et dernier mouvements, permettant ainsi à l’ensemble du quatuor d’être joué pour la première fois comme « symphonie de chambre » pour orchestre à cordes. (…) Même si l’on peut préférer la partition originale plus intime, l’œuvre résultante est superbe et prenante. (…)


“Deze nieuwe cd van Amsterdam Sinfonietta laat wederom zien dat zij een strijkorkest is van wereldklasse.”

Pleasantly Classic (Aangenaam Klassiek)

Amsterdam Sinfonietta plays the entire Second Quartet [Arensky] and links it to a dream performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous Serenade.  Bachtrack calls the ensemble so brilliantly played under the direction of concertmaster Candida Thompson – Fascinating.


BBC Music Magazine 4 out of 5

(…) to hear these gifted Amsterdam players savour Tchaikovsky’s exquisite string writing with such lustrous finesse has its own rewards. (…)


(…) the Sinfonietta violins are as sweet and silky as one could wish for (…) collectors who have enjoyed the Sinfonietta’s recent takes on Brahms will enjoy their cleaned-up Tchaikovsky.

De Gelderlander 5 out of 5

(…) zonnige klanken, veel sprankeling, passie, verdieping en elegantie. (…) Liefhebbers van weelderige strijkersklanken zitten hier eerste rang. (…) Heel sonoor en puur Russisch. Met wervelende slotmaten die je als luisteraar meteen op de repeat doen drukken. Wat een intensiteit. (…)

Opus Klassiek

(…) Dit is Tsjaikovski voor de eenentwintigste eeuw. (…) Misschien wel de mooiste aanwinst in het rijtje Kamersymfonieën [Arenski], met een eervolle vermelding voor Marijn van Prooijen. (…) Schitterend opgenomen in die heerlijke Stadsgehoorzaal van Leiden, geschapen voor dit repertoire.


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