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Fragments, Vol. 1

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  1. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: I. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: II. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: III. Allegro Molto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: I. Overture (Moderato con Moto) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: II. Recitative and Romance (Adagio)
  7. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: III. Waltz (Allegro) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: IV. Theme With Variations (Adagio)
  9. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D. Major, Op. 83: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D. Major, Op. 83: II. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D. Major, Op. 83: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D. Major, Op. 83: IV. Allegretto
  13. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: II. Moderato con Moto $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: III. Allegro non Troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: IV. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: V. Moderato
  18. Shostakovich — Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: I. Prelude (Lento) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Shostakovich — Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: II. Fugue (Adagio)
  20. Shostakovich — Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: III. Scherzo (Allegretto) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Shostakovich — Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: IV. Intermezzo (Lento) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Shostakovich — Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: V. Finale (Allegretto) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Shostakovich — Prelude & Fugue in C Minor, Op. 87, No. 20: Adagio - Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: I. Allegro non troppo
  25. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: III. Moderato
  27. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: II. Moderato con Moto $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: III. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: IV. Lento - Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: II. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: III. Allegro - Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Shostakovich — Prelude & Fugue in D-Flat Major, Op. 87, No. 15: Allegretto - Allegro Molto $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: I. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: II. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: III. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: I. Overture. Moderato con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: II. Recitative & Romance. Adagio
  41. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: III. Waltz. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: IV. Theme with Variations. Adagio
  43. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: II. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: IV. Allegretto
  47. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: II. Moderato con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  49. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: III. Allegro non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  50. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: IV. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  51. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: V. Moderato
  52. Shostakovich — Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: I. Prelude. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  53. Shostakovich — Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: II. Fugue. Adagio
  54. Shostakovich — Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: III. Scherzo. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  55. Shostakovich — Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: IV. Intermezzo. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  56. Shostakovich — Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57: V. Finale. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  57. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87: No. 20 in C Minor (Arr. Z. Grafilo for String Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes
  58. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: I. Allegro non troppo
  59. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  60. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: III. Moderato
  61. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  62. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: II. Moderato con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  63. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: III. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  64. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: IV. Lento - Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  65. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  66. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: II. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  67. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: III. Allegro - Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  68. Shostakovich — 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87: No. 15 in D-Flat Major (Arr. Z. Grafilo for String Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 49
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 68
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83
>Sound, Recorded : Foghorn
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 3 in F major, Op. 73
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quintet for piano & strings in G minor, Op. 57
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 20 in C minor, Op. 87/20
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 5 in B flat major, Op. 92
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 6 in G major, Op. 101
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 87/15
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Notes & Reviews:

Captured here, on three discs, is the first half of the Alexander String Quartet's complete Shostakovich cycle. Superbly recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2005-06, this exquisite collection contains the first seven quartets, the Piano Quintet with legendary Australian pianist Roger Woodward, and two exceptional transcriptions for string quartet by ASQ's first violinist of a pair of the piano Preludes and Fugues from Op. 87 (1950–51). Spanning roughly the period from 1937–1960, this beautiful collection is accompanied by superb liner notes from musicologist Eric Bromberger.

"The sharpness of the contrasts come across like physical blows with the Alexander Quartet, and there is a steely edge to their sound in some sections which can be quite unsettling. There is great beauty, but no comfort in the exquisite dying moments of the conclusion." -Musicweb-International

"The Alexander is definitely on to something in its 2006 three-disc set of the first seven Shostakovich quartets plus his Piano Quintet and a pair of his Preludes and Fugues transcribed for string quartet... While one might reasonably prefer the energy of Borodin or the anxiety of the Beethoven quartets' performances, the power, terror, and grace of the Alexander Quartet's performance makes it in nearly every way the equal of its Soviet forbearers. Producer Judith Sherman has captured the sound of the Alexander Quartet with incredible fidelity and her recordings are every bit the equal of the best of the big labels." -All Music Guide



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 49
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (04/09/2005-04/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 68
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (04/09/2005-04/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (04/09/2005-04/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1949

>Sound, Recorded : Foghorn
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 3 in F major, Op. 73
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (04/09/2005-04/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quintet for piano & strings in G minor, Op. 57
  • Performer: Roger Woodward (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (04/09/2005-04/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1940

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 20 in C minor, Op. 87/20
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (04/09/2005-04/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Sound, Recorded : Foghorn
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 5 in B flat major, Op. 92
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (04/09/2005-04/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 6 in G major, Op. 101
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (04/09/2005-04/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (04/09/2005-04/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 87/15
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (04/09/2005-04/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Sound, Recorded : Foghorn
  • Period Time: Medieval