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Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3; Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 "Rasumovsky" / Valentin Berlinsky Quartet

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 3 in F major, Op. 73
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky"
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Valentin Berlinsky Quartet made an auspicious recording debut last year with highly acclaimed readings of Shostakovich's String Quartets 7 & 8, and Beethoven's first "Rasumovsky." Augmenting an already impressive pedigree - Yo-Yo Ma praised their "pure music making," while David Zinman hailed "a quartet that has a bright future" - this Zurich-based foursome continues their series pairing the two composers on AVIE.

BBC Music Magazine
Astonishing ... combines technical perfection with exceptional maturity and musical insight.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
The Valentin Berlinsky Quartet's recording is part of a series that pairs Shostakovich with Beethoven. This pairing involves an excellent reading of the second of Beethoven's Rasoumovsky Quartets and Shostakovich's Third Quartet, a piece he wrote in 1946, a year after finishing the Ninth Symphony. The contrast between the folk-music-inspired "Russian-ness" of the Beethoven and the panoramic view of Soviet Russia's deepest of musical souls, is mind opening. The comparison between Beethoven and Shostakovich is indeed a pairing of equals.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2013
The playing is energetic and insightful...All in all, the Berlinskys make such a convincing argument for these two composers as obvious bedfellows that it's hard to understand why this series hasn't been undertaken countless times before.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reformed Church, Seon, Switzerland (04/29/2012-05/01/2012).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 3 in F major, Op. 73
  • Ensemble: Valentin Berlinsky Quartet
  • Notes: Reformed Church, Seon, Switzerland (04/29/2012-05/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky"
  • Notes: Reformed Church, Seon, Switzerland (04/29/2012-05/01/2012)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1806