The London Symphony Orchestra's string sound is world renowned. This recording marks the LSO Live debut of the LSO String Ensemble, directed by the orchestra's leader Roman Simovic. The Serenade is one of Tchaikovsky's most enduringly popular works. Inspired in part by Mozart, it's elegant music blends Russian folk-song with traditional classical forms. The recording's pairing is Bartok's Divertimento, a highly original work in it's own unique idiom, contrasting two buoyant and lighthearted movements with a somber Adagio.