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Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 4, 8 & 11 / Carducci String Quartet

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  1. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: II. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: IV. Finale. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: IV. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: V. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: I. Introduction. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: II. Scherzo. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: III. Recitative. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: IV. Etude. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: V. Humoresque. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: VI. Elegie. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Dmitri Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: VII. Finale. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 122
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Described by The Strad as presenting "a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality?, the Carducci Quartet is recognized as one of today's most successful string quartets. Performing over 90 concerts worldwide each year, the quartet's upcoming performances of the complete Shostakovich quartets on various concert stages worldwide coincides with this CD, their second Signum release, featuring the composer's 4th, 8th and 11th quartets.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The Carducci Quartet plays with impeccable tone and accuracy. Their sound is homogeneous, and they build all phrases together perfectly. They pay very close attention to all the details of dynamics and articulation and play all Shostakovich's quirky melodic lines with plenty of spark. My favorite of these three works is Quartet 11, and they render it with color and wit. Comparing it to the Fitzwilliam Quartet (Decca), the Carducci is better in every respect.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Michael & All Angels Church, Summertown, Oxford (06/23/2014-06/25/2014).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83
  • Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet
  • Notes: St. Michael & All Angels Church, Summertown, Oxford (06/23/2014-06/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1949

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
  • Notes: St. Michael & All Angels Church, Summertown, Oxford (06/23/2014-06/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 122
  • Notes: St. Michael & All Angels Church, Summertown, Oxford (06/23/2014-06/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966