The cast list is a dream come true. The diversity of the players and pieces is what makes this album special to me. The album structure could be labelled Prog before there was Prog. Split this into the written piece "Hair in a G-String" (about 46 minutes) & "Songs not in G" (About 36 minutes) and you'd have a prog album and a melodic rock album I guess. We didn't do that. We mixed it up. See it as musical interludes between the main action.
The Beijing-born guitarist Xuefei Yang has recorded her first album of baroque music, an all-Bach programme anchored by three concertos newly arranged for guitar and string quartet. Bach Concertos is an exciting, innovative album in which she has transcribed for the guitar some of Bach’s familiar violin concertos and other works, hoping to establish these new arrangements as noteworthy repertoire for the guitar and to expand the concerto repertoire for that instrument. Xuefei complements the concertante repertoire with solo guitar arrangements of the Violin Sonata No. 1 BWV 1001, the Prelude in C Major from the Well-Tempered Clavier BWV 846 and the Air on a G string from the Orchestral Suite in D major BWV 1068.
From the notes: …" For more than half a century Rosé was at the center of musical life in Vienna - and even then, it took Hitler's Anschluss of 1938 to displace him. Rosé's destiny was intimately bound up with the two most controversial figures in Viennese music at the turn of the century, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenber; and he represented the final glory of the 19th-century Viennese string style which Fritz Kreisler, a crucial 12 years younger, so soon overthrew…"
"In 1881 he was made leader of the Vienna Court Opera and two years later founded his quartet which was considered - not least by Brahms - superior to Hellmesberger's. Rosé, who wed Mahler's sister Justine in 1902 (his cellist brother Eduard was already married to the composer's youngest sister Emma), played Goldmark and other contemporary composers as well as the Classics. From 1888 to 1896 he led the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and when his own organization appeared in concert as the Vienna Philharmonic, he was the leader…."
The String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Opus 11, was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's first completed string quartet of three string quartets, published during his lifetime. (An earlier attempt had been abandoned after the first movement had been completed.) Composed in February 1871, it was premiered in Moscow on 16/28 March 1871 by four members of the Russian Musical Society: Ferdinand Laub and Ludvig Minkus, violins; Pryanishnikov, viola; and Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, cello.