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What are your (can pick up to 5) favourite Shostakovich String Quartets, currently?

1 in C major, Op. 49
2 in A major, Op. 68
3 in F major, Op. 73
4 in D major, Op. 83
5 in B flat major, Op. 92
6 in G major, Op. 101
7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
8 in C minor, Op. 110
9 in E flat major, Op. 117
10 in A flat major, Op. 118
11 in F minor, Op. 122
12 in D flat major, Op. 133
13 in B flat minor, Op. 138
14 in F sharp major, Op. 142
15 in E flat minor, Op. 144

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2012, 10:29:21 AM »
The last five I've listened to.

I'm sticking by this.
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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2012, 10:35:04 AM »
Sarge, I'm glad you picked # 4.  Currently my favourite of them all.  :)

Four movements, three of them Allegrettos. Who could not love that  8)

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2012, 10:40:40 AM »
Anyone notice something strange about the poll? It says 13 members have voted, and yet #8 has received 14 votes  :o ...and that despite several (including myself) who didn't vote for it  ;D

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2012, 10:43:16 AM »
Anyone notice something strange about the poll? It says 13 members have voted, and yet #8 has received 14 votes  :o ...and that despite several (including myself) who didn't vote for it  ;D

Sarge

It could be that some people voted and later resigned their membership.

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2012, 10:47:50 AM »
It could be that some people voted and later resigned their membership.

That's probably it, as I'm one of them.  :D

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2012, 10:52:26 AM »
Four movements, three of them Allegrettos. Who could not love that  8)

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I love the 3rd movement, with the ostinato theme.  Ostinatos are a former heavy metal headbanger's dream!  8) ;D :)

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2012, 10:54:03 AM »
Four movements, three of them Allegrettos. Who could not love that  8)

Sarge

 :D  Don't think you'd ever see that kind of consistent tempo marking in any Brahms' work!  ;D

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2012, 10:54:49 AM »
It could be that some people voted and later resigned their membership.

Yeah, probably. Strange, though, that the software would delete them in the "total members voted" box but not delete their actual votes.

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2012, 10:56:38 AM »
That's probably it, as I'm one of them.  :D

Have you voted again, Nut? ....as Nut?

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2012, 10:58:18 AM »
Have you voted again, Nut? ....as Nut?

Sarge

As Nut or Brahmsian.   :D  Yes, I did vote again just today.

4, 8, 10, 12 and 15

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2012, 11:05:25 AM »
That's probably it, as I'm one of them.  :D

Some are saying, Ray, that you did this just in order to vote in this poll twice ; )
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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2012, 11:06:55 AM »
Some are saying, Ray, that you did this just in order to vote in this poll twice ; )

 :D  You mistake me for another dude that lives in a state abbreviated MN
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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #32 on: November 30, 2012, 11:07:56 AM »
Some are saying, Ray, that you did this just in order to vote in this poll twice ; )

We need Jimmy Carter to monitor this polling station.

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2012, 11:41:46 AM »
As Nut or Brahmsian.   :D  Yes, I did vote again just today.

4, 8, 10, 12 and 15
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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #34 on: November 11, 2021, 11:00:20 AM »
2, 3, 4, 5, 8. My very fave is the 3.

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #35 on: November 11, 2021, 11:45:37 AM »
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #36 on: November 11, 2021, 12:15:08 PM »
2, 3, 9, 12 & 13. 9 as overall favourite, at the moment.

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #37 on: November 11, 2021, 12:23:39 PM »
I only like one at the moment: 5. And I only like that in this performance with Mikhail Kopelman

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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #38 on: November 11, 2021, 03:36:21 PM »
I've spent so much time with these SQs over the last few months, that I probably know them better than most others in the repertoire.

My order of preference shifts so often to make a definitive list a bit pointless, but currently...

10, 2, 5, 6, 14, 4, 8, 7, 3, 9, 12, 15, 13, 11, 1

My perspective on these works as difficult or even impenetrable over the years, has moved to a deep appreciation and love. Such is the power of determined listening to understand great, but not always easy, music.
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Re: 5 Favourite Shostakovich String Quartets - Poll
« Reply #39 on: November 12, 2021, 02:39:43 AM »
I hope to spend more time with the pieces in the next time. For some reason I hardly know some of them. Apparently I always listened to a similar selection in the past. My favorites were 3, 5, 8 and 11. But I found the old favorite #8 a bit meh when I listened to it recently. Additionally I voted 12 because I listened to it a couple of weeks ago and was favorably impressed. #1 is nice but slight and I used to find #2 too long.
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