Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos.1-3 / Richter Qt.
IPO Richter String Quartet
Composed by: TCHAIKOVSKY, P.
On this two disc set featuring Tchaikovsky's complete String Quartets and the Souvenir de Florence, the IPO Richter String Quartet tackles some of the most important works of the period. "It is a terrible irony," wrote Vladimir Ashkenazy, "that so much suffering and torment bequeathed us so much wonderful music." In 1875, following the death of Ferdinand Laub (the violinist who had led the first performances of his two previous quartets) Tchaikovsky experienced a creative surge that led to the third quartet, and arguably one of his greatest contributions to the repertoire.