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Shostakovich: String Quartets no 5, 7, 9 / St. Petersburg

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 5 in B flat major, Op. 92
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 9 in E flat major, Op. 117
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Notes & Reviews:

"I have shared Richard Burke's high regard for the St. Petersburg cycle of Shostakovich's string quartets, and would go even further in suggesting that these are among the great interpretations that have been placed on disc... I believe that the quartet comes as close to the heart of the music on the disc as did the legendary Borodin and Beethoven Quartet performances..." -Denton, Fanfare

'These are among the great interpretations that have been placed on disc... I do believe that this cycle could grow to some of the most impressive Shostakovich performances ever placed on disc' (Fanfare, USA)

'Playing of a technical command that invites comparison with the best available' (Gramophone)

'An emotional intensity which leaves little doubt that it meant a great deal to the composer - and to these prize-winning Russian players' (Liverpool Evening News)

'An extremely well-balanced and -matched ensemble, giving highly energised and committed performances. This recording seems to have found the ideal balance between youthful vigour and adult refinement. The tone is warm and the recording sumptuous. The disc is very highly recommended' (Music Teacher)



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 5 in B flat major, Op. 92
  • Notes: Composition written: 1952.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 9 in E flat major, Op. 117
  • Notes: Composition written: 1964.
  • Running Time: 27 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964