On November 1, 2019, Canada’s award-winning Rolston String Quartet released its debut recording on the Fuga Libera label. An all-Tchaikovsky album called Souvenirs, it includes the String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11; Children’s Album, Op. 39, as arranged for string quartet by Rostislav Dubinsky; and the work whose title inspires that of the CD, the String Sextet in D Minor “Souvenir de Florence,” Op. 70. Joining the quartet in the latter are violist Miguel da Silva and cellist Gary Hoffman.
With artistic direction, recording, and editing from Ken Yoshida, Souvenirs was produced by Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, where the music was recorded in January and June of 2019. Generous funding for the album was provided by Canada’s Banff Center for the Arts and Creativity through the Freeze Family Career Development Program and the Aurora Fund for the Advancement of String Quartet Music.