Author Topic: Shostakovich String Quartets  (Read 68200 times)

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Re: Shostakovich String Quartets IT'S ALIVE!! IT'S ALIVE!! IT'S ALIVE!!
« Reply #740 on: September 05, 2017, 07:26:20 AM »
Ah, the smell of DSCH SQs in the morning! ;)


I took the Kreutzer 4/7/8 for a spin. Yes, the 4th is wonderful here, just right. I'd have to consult my List above to see where it stands in the pantheon.

No.7 here has a slow mvmt. that is twice as long as all the others; it really leaves an interesting impression. The finale isn't as raving as some others, but, overall, this is a very interesting 7th. Skipped the 8th for now.


I don't think a marathon is in the offing, though. It's hard getting back into the string sonority coming from Stravinsky, whose SQs don't really prime one for something like DSCH.
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Re: Shostakovich String Quartets
« Reply #741 on: September 05, 2017, 09:37:44 AM »
I took the Kreutzer 4/7/8 for a spin. Yes, the 4th is wonderful here, just right. I'd have to consult my List above to see where it stands in the pantheon.

No.7 here has a slow mvmt. that is twice as long as all the others; it really leaves an interesting impression. The finale isn't as raving as some others, but, overall, this is a very interesting 7th.

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Re: Shostakovich String Quartets
« Reply #742 on: September 09, 2017, 08:07:27 PM »
I’ll be ripping this set pretty soon to my iPod:



This is probably my favorite set overall. I also own the Borodin (half cycle --- older recordings on Chandos), Brodsky (Teldec), Emerson (DG), and Pacifica (Cedille) sets.
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Re: Shostakovich String Quartets
« Reply #743 on: September 10, 2017, 04:18:19 PM »
The Borodin complete (Kopelman, Abramenkov, Shebalin, Berlinsky) is my go to set, a mix of studio and a few live performances. For me, the quartets are the grounding center of Shostakovich's music, nothing less than excellent and remarkably varied — although I have always been slightly put off by 8. I'm sure all the self-quotations had some special significance for the composer, but they don't do much for me except take me out of the frame of the work.

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