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5 Stars (out of 5)
A highly engrossing experience… the Takács come to the music from a somewhat different angle to their Soviet and Russian counterparts, emphasising closer connections with Western musical traditions than is usual... Hamelin's supremely intelligent chamber music playing providing an admirable foil to the subtle textures conjured by the string players.
– BBC Music Magazine
It is hard to envisage a more enticing prospect: Shostakovich's densely woven String Quartet No 2 and his deceptively backward-looking Piano Quintet, performed by the stellar Takács Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin, generously notated by David Fanning, and lovingly recorded by
Hyperion's Simon Eadon and Andrew Keener team. Seventy minutes of post-Revolutionary Russian ecstasy. Read less
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