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Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets / Mandelring Quartet

Shostakovich / Mandelring Quartet
Release Date: 04/26/2011 
Label:  Audite   Catalog #: 21411   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 5 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


There were some outstanding performances in this series, though I had a few reservations about some of them (the Third Quartet, for instance, struck me as just a bit underplayed). However, hearing this set as a whole, it becomes clear that this is certainly as fine a cycle as any of the other great ones available (Borodin, Emerson, Fitzwilliam). The Mandelring Quartett, as Jed Distler noted in his review of one of the single issues, has the singular ability to characterize each work. And so the subdued Seventh Quartet isn’t played with the same raw intensity as the devastatingly tragic Eighth, or the elegiac Fifteenth.

In that sense, this isn’t a set for listeners who want to hear all
Read more of this music approached more or less from the same interpretive perspective. You won’t find, for example, the same unbridled fervor of the Borodin or Fitzwilliam sets, or the Emerson’s razor-sharp precision of ensemble as defining characteristics of the interpretations. Certainly, the Mandelring’s superior musicality remains consistent throughout, and Audite’s sonics are second to none, but you will perhaps notice a wider variety and range of expression than you have grown accustomed to expect in this music—or at least in complete quartet cycles. It’s very much a matter of personal taste and emphasis, somewhat akin to the way in which Bartók quartet sets may dwell on folk elements, or technical precision and timbral effects, without necessarily having to sacrifice either. It’s good to see that these works have achieved the kind of canonic status where we can enjoy such a broad range of approaches.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.om
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 49 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/25/2005 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 14 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 68 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 33 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 24 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in F major, Op. 73 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 29 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in G major, Op. 101 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 20 Minutes 57 Secs. 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 18 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in B flat major, Op. 92 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 30 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 11 Minutes 15 Secs. 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in E flat major, Op. 117 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 24 Minutes 28 Secs. 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in A flat major, Op. 118 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 23 Minutes 3 Secs. 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in D flat major, Op. 133 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 25 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 25 Minutes 21 Secs. 
13.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 122 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 15 Minutes 32 Secs. 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 138 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 18 Minutes 50 Secs. 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in E flat minor, Op. 144 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mandelring String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USSR 
Venue:  Klingenmünster 
Length: 31 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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