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Prism I: Bach, Shostakovich, & Beethoven / Danish String Quartet


Release Date: 09/21/2018 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 002894702  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachDmitri ShostakovichLudwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For its third ECM release, the prize-winning Danish String Quartet inaugurates a series of five albums with the overarching title of Prism, in which the group will present one of Beethoven’s late string quartets in the context of a related fugue by J.S. Bach as well as a linked masterwork from the quartet literature. With Prism 1, it’s the first of Beethoven’s late quartets, op. 127 in E-flat Major, alongside Bach’s fugue in the same key (arranged by Mozart) and Dmitri Shostakovich’s final string quartet, the No. 15 in E-flat minor. For its third ECM release, the prize-winning Danish String Quartet inaugurates a series of five albums with the overarching title of Prism, in which the group will present one of Beethoven’s late string quartets in the context of a related fugue by J.S. Bach as well as a linked masterwork from the quartet literature. With Prism 1, it’s the first of Beethoven’s late quartets, op. 127 in E-flat Major, alongside Bach’s fugue in the same key (arranged by Mozart) and Dmitri Shostakovich’s final string quartet, the No. 15 in E-flat minor. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 7 in E flat major, BWV 876 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish String Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in E flat minor, Op. 144 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USSR 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823-1825; Vienna, Austria 

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