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Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets Vol 4 /Sorrel Quartet


Release Date: 10/21/2003 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10114   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sorrel Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the fourth volume in the Sorrel Quartet's highly-acclaimed cycle of Shostakovich String Quartets on Chandos. The coupling of these two quartets presents the listener with contrasting self-portraits of the creative artist at two very different stages of his life. String Quartet No.2 (1944) is the technically assured work of a celebrated composer in his late thirties whose every new work commanded an eagerly awaited and respectful hearing. String Quartet No.14, on the other hand, is the intimate communication of an ageing and physically frail master. Recorded in: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk 6-8 May 2003 Producer(s) Rachel Smith Sound Engineer(s) Jonathan Cooper Matthew Walker (Assistant) This is the fourth volume in the Sorrel Quartet's highly-acclaimed cycle of Shostakovich String Quartets on Chandos. The coupling of these two quartets presents the listener with contrasting self-portraits of the creative artist at two very different stages of his life. String Quartet No.2 (1944) is the technically assured work of a celebrated composer in his late thirties whose every new work commanded an eagerly awaited and respectful hearing. String Quartet No.14, on the other hand, is the intimate communication of an ageing and physically frail master. Recorded in: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk 6-8 May 2003 Producer(s) Rachel Smith Sound Engineer(s) Jonathan Cooper Matthew Walker (Assistant) Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 68 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sorrel Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
2. Quartet for Strings no 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sorrel Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USSR 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68: I. Overture: Moderato con moto
String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68: II. Recitative and Romance: Adagio
String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68: III. Waltz: Allegro
String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68: IV. Theme with Variations: Adagio - Moderato con moto - Allegretto - Piu mosso - Allegro - Adagio
String Quartet No. 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142: I. Allegretto
String Quartet No. 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142: II. Adagio
String Quartet No. 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142: III. Allegretto - Poco meno mosso - A tempo - Adagio

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