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Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets / Brodsky Quartet (live from the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam) [6 CDs]

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  1. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: I. Moderato (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: II. Moderato (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: III. Allegro molto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49: IV. Allegro (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: I. Overture. Moderato con moto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: II. Recitative & Romance. Adagio (Live)
  7. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: III. Valse. Allegro (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68: IV. Theme & Variations. Adagio (Live)
  9. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: I. Allegretto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: II. Moderato con moto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: III. Allegro non troppo (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: IV. Adagio (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73: V. Moderato (Live)
  14. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: I. Allegretto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: II. Andantino (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: III. Allegretto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: IV. Allegretto (Live)
  18. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: I. Allegretto non troppo (Live)
  19. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: II. Andante (Live)
  20. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: III. Moderato - Allegretto (Live)
  21. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: I. Allegretto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: II. Moderato con moto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: III. Lento (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: IV. Lento - Allegretto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: I. Allegretto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: II. Lento (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: III. Allegro - Allegretto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: I. Largo (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: III. Allegretto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: IV. Largo (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: V. Largo (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117: I. Moderato con moto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117: II. Adagio (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117: III. Allegretto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117: IV. Adagio (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117: V. Allegro (Live)
  38. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 118: I. Andante (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 118: II. Allegretto furioso (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 118: III. Adagio (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 118: IV. Allegretto - Andante (Live)
  42. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: I. Introduction. Andantino (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: II. Scherzo. Allegretto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: III. Recitative. Adagio (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: IV. Etude. Allegro (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: V. Humoresque. Allegro (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: VI. Elegy. Adagio (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122: VII. Finale. Moderato (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  49. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 12 in D-Flat Major, Op. 133: I. Moderato (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  50. Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 12 in D-Flat Major, Op. 133: II. Allegretto (Live)
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Notes & Reviews:

Over the years the Brodsky Quartet has undertaken numerous performances of the complete cycle of quartets by several composers. It is, however, the complete Shostakovich cycle that has become synonymous with its name: its 2012 London performance of the cycle resulted in its taking the prestigious title of 'Artist in Residence' at the city's Kings Place. One of the most rewarding aspects of performing the cycle is the way in which it seems to pan out so naturally and perfectly. To be aware that Shostakovich had intended to write twenty-four quartets, one in every key, but ended up with these fifteen thereby creating a unique musical journey that feels predestined and all-encompassing, makes one think that there really must be a greater force at work. The Quartet now adds to its famed discography this remarkable release, recorded live at Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016
The performances as a whole achieve a rare degree of intensity. It really draws you into the unsettling subtext of Shostakovich's writing. Even if there are a few moments where the ensemble is not absolutely pristine, the Brodskys take greater risks than in their first recording, whether, for example, in stoking up ever-increasing levels of ferocity in the relentless second movement of the Tenth.

MusicWeb International, 9th December 2016
A rare treat.



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