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Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 4, 11 &14 / Hagen Qrt.

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 122
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The Hagen Quartet is as impeccable an ensemble as any now before the public ... these belong among the most beautifully played and thoughtful readings of these Quartets" -Penguin Guide

"... in the fifth-movement Humoresque of the Eleventh the limelighted second violin - Rainer Schmidt, the quartet's febrile and ever-impressive outside influence - brings so much forceful tone to the swelling of his two repeated notes that it sounds for all the world as if two violins are playing in unison, not just the one ... the joint approach to chants and combats, not to mention Lukas's extraordinary handling of the glissandos in the second movement, bring an urgently vocal quality to the work. The Hagen's Shostakovich will no doubt acquire even greater authority over the years, but it's hard from this standpoint to see how." - Gramophone

Shostakovich's 15 string quartets provide a very personal response to his experiences in the Soviet Union, and are among his most popular works. The 3 quartets here all begin with an understated intimacy, grow in tension and turbulence, and eventually reach an uneasy calm. "The Hagen Quartet is as impeccable an ensemble as any now before the public... these belong among the most beautifully played and thoughtful readings of these Quartets" - Penguin CD Guide

American Record Guide
... this group is known for taking risks, and they defend them brilliantly. Their playing of 14 is worth noting. There is genius in these performances.



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83
  • Ensemble: Hagen Quartet
  • Running Time: 26 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1949

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 122
  • Ensemble: Hagen Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1966.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142
  • Ensemble: Hagen Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1973.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973