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Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 1, 4, 6, 8, 9 & 11 / Jerusalem Quartet

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 49
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 9 in E flat major, Op. 117
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 6 in G major, Op. 101
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 122
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Notes & Reviews:

This mid-priced him Gold collection of String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich features recordings by the highly acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet from 2005 and 2007. Shostakovich's 15 symphonies and 15 string quartets rank him with Beethoven in terms of both the magnitude of the output and its depth and originality. The quartets were Shostakovich's most personal works. Publicly buffeted by the capricious winds of the Stalinist government, in his quartets he used music to express his deepest and most personal feelings. This set provides an excellent overview of Shostakovich's quartets, spanning from his first efforts in the genre to examples from his late period, where the music's colors and spirit are imbued with a dark melancholy.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2013
Vivid, profoundly intelligent accounts of six of Shostakovich's Quartets. The Jerusalems prove eloquent exponents of these works' tragic intensity and bittersweet lyricism.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (07/2004).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 49
  • Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1938.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83
  • Running Time: 23 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1949

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 9 in E flat major, Op. 117
  • Notes: Composition written: 1964.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 6 in G major, Op. 101
  • Notes: Composition written: 1956.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 122
  • Notes: Composition written: 1966.
  • Running Time: 15 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966