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Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets / Brodsky Quartet


Release Date: 10/28/2016 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10917   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial 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 Read more at work. The Quartet now adds to its famed discography this remarkable release, recorded live at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 49 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USSR 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 68 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in F major, Op. 73 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in B flat major, Op. 92 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USSR 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in G major, Op. 101 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USSR 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in E flat major, Op. 117 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in A flat major, Op. 118 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 122 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USSR 
12.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in D flat major, Op. 133 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USSR 
13.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 138 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USSR 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USSR 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in E flat minor, Op. 144 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USSR 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A passionate second look at Shostakovich November 11, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The Brodsky Quartet's Shostakovich cycle recorded in the late 1980s, and released on a Teldec box set of 6 CDs in 1990, has become one of the standard versions of this great collection of 15 string quartets, along with those of the Emerson, Borodin, Manhattan, Pacifica and Fitzwilliam Quartets. Now Chandos is releasing a new live recording made in the spring of 2016 at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. Twenty-five more years of living with this music has resulted in somewhat more expansive readings - the tempi are almost all a bit slower - but the powerful, emotional core and raw edges of the Brodsky take remain. There was always something special about how these musicians could communicate the composer's public and private musings without slipping into the sentimental on the one hand, or glossing over the pain by focussing on surface beauty on the other. There's a hint of classical restraint at times, with Bach, Haydn and especially Beethoven always not too far away, but the most visceral moments are the Brodsky's best. The new live version of this music is just as urgent, with only the smallest bit of extra polish. I suspect the new version will remain as playable and re-playable as the first one, not only for this work, but all 15 quartets. I look forward to testing this theory." Report Abuse
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