Music hath charms…” so the saying goes, and the particular magic engendered by symphonic strings has long been a source of fascination for the compositorial fraternity. Bach, Mozart, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky – indeed almost all great men of music have at one time or another succumbed to the spell of writing for strings alone. In this Chacksfield concert, a dozen favourites, some originally for strings, others transcribed for the occasion, are all garbed in sumptuous sonal colours, and offered in delightful demonstration (to borrow one of the titles here) of THE SPLENDOUR OF STRINGS.
The magic curtain rises with a romantically inclined Mexican song to “The Star of Love.” Written in 1914 by Manuel Ponce, it zoomed to such enormous popularity that the poor fellow spent the rest of his life trying to prove that he was really a serious, classical composer.
Label: Decca SKL 4531