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Shostakovich: String Quartets no 2 & 3 / St Petersburg

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 68
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 3 in F major, Op. 73
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is the first volume of what will be the entire set of Shostakovich Quartets recorded by the St. Petersburg String Quartet on Hyperion. The St. Petersburg Quartet has received much acclaim since its formation in 1985 when it won First Prize at the USSR State String Quartet Competition. This may be the series to challenge the supremacy of the classic Borodin Quartet cycle.

'One of the finest chamber recordings of any genre I've heard all year and one that catches the idiom of the music in near-definitive terms. Superbly played and engineered, it's a magnificent beginning to what promises to be a must-hear series' (The Independent on Sunday)

'It is high time that a younger generation of Russian string players should tackle this key oeuvre of 20th-century chamber music, and in the St Petersburg Quartet we surely have the natural successors to the Borodin's crown. These virtuosic and sumptuous-toned accounts of the A and F major quartets easily rival the quasi-orchestral sonority the older quartet brought to this music and they are no less adept at mining the profound melancholy that pervades Shostakovich's great, lamenting slow movements and the mordant, sardonic wit of his parodistic waltzes and scherzos. A dazzling debut' (The Sunday Times)

'Deserves an emphatic recommendation and makes one impatient for the ensemble's next Shostakovich disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'An edge-of-the-seat experience as this Russian quartet hurls itself headlong into the scores' (BBC Music Magazine)

'These readings warrant strong commendation ... Excellent performances.' (Classic CD)

'Extraordinary intensity and depth' (Los Angeles Times)



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 68
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg String Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1944.
  • Running Time: 34 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 3 in F major, Op. 73
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg String Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1946.
  • Running Time: 30 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946