Leader, Philip Whiteway
Conductor. B. Walton O'Donnell
The Elizabethan Singers
Arensky's Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky, in its original form, was scored for violin, viola, and two cellos, a combination producing a suitably elegiac tone-colour. It was re-arranged for the normal quartet as a more practical ensemble, and was later arranged for string orchestra. The theme is taken from Tchaikovsky's beautiful song, ' Legend ' (' Christ in His Garden '), and it is one of Arensky's best works.
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