Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets - Shostakovich Quartet (5CD)

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“(This Quartet)…bring a special intensity to this repertoire as well as an effortless technical address, and tonal blend which gives their readings a strong claim on the collector’s allegiance. We have responded to their cycle with appreciation….. and the recordings are very satisfactory indeed” ©Penguin Guide 3 stars

The staying power of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s string quartets rivals that of his symphonies. His quartets are deeply personal works – intensely autobiographical, confessional, intimate, intensely emotional – and among the most insightful works in the quartet repertoire.

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Tracklisting:

String Quartet No. 4 in D, Op. 83

I. Allegretto 3:55
II. Andantino 7:18
III. Allegretto; IV. Allegretto 13:22

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

I. Largo 4:39
II. Allegro molto 2:45
III. Allegretto 4:33
IV. Largo 5:28
V. Largo 3:26

String Quartet No. 10 in Ab, Op. 118

I. Andante 4:10
II. Allegretto furioso 4:10
III. Adagio 6:34
IV. Allegretto – Andante 9:01

Two Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 36

I. Elegy (Adagio) 4:11
II. Polka (Allegretto) 2:18

String Quartet No. 1 in C, Op. 49

I. Moderato 4:18
II. Moderato 4:44
III. Allegro molto 1:53
IV. Allegro 2:50

String Quartet No. 5 in Bb, Op. 92

I. Allegro non troppo 11:00
II. Andante – Andantino 8:39
III. Moderato – Allegretto – Andante 10:41

String Quartet No. 9 in Eb, Op. 117

I. Moderato con moto 4:16
II. Adagio 4:42
III. Allegretto 3:53
IV. Adagio 4:42
V. Allegro 10:47

String Quartet No. 2 in A, Op. 68

I. Overture: Moderato con moto 8:10
II. Recitative & Romance: Adagio 11:09
III. Valse: Allegro 5:36
IV. Theme with variations: Adagio – Moderato con moto – Allegretto – Allegro non troppo – Allegro – Adagio 10:42

String Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 73

I. Allegretto 6:34
II. Moderato con moto 4:56
III. Allegro non troppo 3:55
IV. Adagio; V. Moderato – Adagio 15:55

String Quartet No. 7 in F# minor, Op. 108

I. Allegretto 3:17
II. Lento 3:18
III. Allegro – Allegretto 5:30

String Quartet No. 6 in G, Op. 101

I. Allegretto 6:02
II. Moderato con moto 4:52
III. Lento 6:08
IV. Lento – Allegretto – Andante – Adagio 7:02

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122

I. Introduction: Andantino 2:11
II. Scherzo: Allegretto 2:40
III. Recitative: Adagio 1:27
IV. Etude: Allegro 1:15
V. Humoresque: Adagio 1:08
VI. Elegy: Adagio 4:31
VII. Finale: Moderato 3:22

String Quartet No. 15 in Eb minor, Op. 144

I. Elegy: Adagio 12:33
II. Serenade: Adagio 5:28
III. Intermezzo: Adagio 2:01
IV. Nocturne: Adagio 5:04
V. Funeral March: Adagio molto 4:55
VI. Epilogue: Adagio – Adagio molto 6:45

String Quartet No. 12 in Db, Op. 133

I. Moderato – Allegretto 8:03
II. Adagio – Moderato – Allegretto 19:44

String Quartet No. 13 in Bb minor, Op. 138 – Adagio – Doppio movimento – Tempo primo 18:10

String Quartet No. 14 in F#, Op. 142

I. Allegretto 8:49
II. Adagio 9:39
III. Allegretto – Adagio