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Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Nationality: Russian
Born: May 7, 1840, Kamsko-Votkinsk Died: November 6, 1893, St. Petersburg (age 53)

String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 22

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
10:56 I. Adagio - Moderato assai
5:35 II. Scherzo. Allegro giusto
11:52 III. Andante ma non tanto
6:05 IV. Finale. Allegro con moto
Duration: 36 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1874 (age 34-34)
Premiere: March 22, 1874. Moscow, 2nd RMS quartet concert Ferdinand Laub (violin 1), Iosef Hřmalý (violin 2), Yury Gerber (viola), Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (cello).
Published: 1875-1876, Moscow: P. Jurgenson (age 34-36)
7 recordings, 28 videos
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12:04
St. Petersburg String Quartet
I. Adagio - Moderato assai
5:43
St. Petersburg String Quartet
II. Scherzo. Allegro giusto
10:59
St. Petersburg String Quartet
III. Andante ma non tanto
6:13
St. Petersburg String Quartet
IV. Finale. Allegro con moto
13:00
Franz Schubert Quartet of Vienna
I. Adagio - Moderato assai
5:43
Franz Schubert Quartet of Vienna
II. Scherzo. Allegro giusto
13:16
Franz Schubert Quartet of Vienna
III. Andante ma non tanto
6:15
Franz Schubert Quartet of Vienna
IV. Finale. Allegro con moto
11:37
Borodin Quartet
I. Adagio - Moderato assai
5:24
Borodin Quartet
II. Scherzo. Allegro giusto
12:24
Borodin Quartet
III. Andante ma non tanto
5:41
Borodin Quartet
IV. Finale. Allegro con moto
11:07
Taneyev Quartet
I. Adagio - Moderato assai
5:14
Taneyev Quartet
II. Scherzo. Allegro giusto
10:31
Taneyev Quartet
III. Andante ma non tanto
6:08
Taneyev Quartet
IV. Finale. Allegro con moto
12:11
Shostakovich Quartet
I. Adagio - Moderato assai
5:44
Shostakovich Quartet
II. Scherzo. Allegro giusto
12:01
Shostakovich Quartet
III. Andante ma non tanto
6:35
Shostakovich Quartet
IV. Finale. Allegro con moto
12:09
Kopelman Quartet
I. Adagio - Moderato assai
5:44
Kopelman Quartet
II. Scherzo. Allegro giusto
12:00
Kopelman Quartet
III. Andante ma non tanto
6:24
Kopelman Quartet
IV. Finale. Allegro con moto
12:25
Keller Quartet
I. Adagio - Moderato assai
5:42
Keller Quartet
II. Scherzo. Allegro giusto
11:10
Keller Quartet
III. Andante ma non tanto
5:59
Keller Quartet
IV. Finale. Allegro con moto
From Edition Silvertrust

Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyCobbett's Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music devotes over 2 pages to Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No.2, lavishing considerable praise on it, but very few chamber music enthusiasts are familiar with it.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) is one of the most famous composers who ever lived and as such needs no introduction. However, chamber music is scarcely the first, second or even third musical genre with which he is associated. But, like most of the major composers of the 19th century, he made substantial contributions to the chamber music repertoire. Unfortunately, most of it remains virtually unknown and unplayed.

Tchaikovsky completed his Second String Quartet in 1874. The respected critic and scholar, Professor Nikolai Findeisen, in his article for Cobbett's Cyclopedia calls the opening Adagio introduction a poetic reverie. The felicitous main theme Moderato assai which follows is very Russian in character. The surprising coda ends softly. The Scherzo which follows has a typical Russian rhythm of the sort which both Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin often employed. The charming trio section has a waltz motif for its theme. The slow movement, Andante ma non tanto, begins with a poetic introduction. The music, which is filled with fine contrapuntal writing, evokes the atmosphere of cheerful scenery. The finale, Allegro con moto, after a short introduction presents a theme which is Ukrainian in character, tuneful and sonorous. The mood is bright and triumphant.

The Quartet has either been out of print or very hard and expensive to obtain. Several older editions leave a lot to be desired. Some had no rehearsal letters (Jurgenson) others were printed with very poor ink and paper (Frederic Schreiber) and are hard to read. We have reprinted what is probably the best edition ever made of this work and offer it at a very reasonable price in hopes of interesting both professional and amateur players.

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