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Simon Bolivar String Quartet Play Ginastera, Dvorak, Shostakovich


Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001798002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alberto GinasteraAntonín DvorákDmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Music must be made with passion, love and all your heart. (SBSQ first violinist Alejandro Carreno)

Violinists Alejandro Carreno and Boris Suarez, violist Ismel Campos and cellist Aimon Mata breathe new life into three gems of the string quartet repertoire, performed with the perfect balance of classical refinement and South American panache.

A debut recording that musically and thematically reflects the young ensembles extraordinary story and progressive pursuits.

This is DG's first recording of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera's particularly difficult 1948 String Quartet No. 1, inspired by the vivacious dance rhythms of his homeland.

Shostakovich's deeply personal String
Read more Quartet No. 8 is dedicated to the victims of fascism and war, a theme which particularly speaks to the SBSQ.

In another DG first, the SBSQ adds South American flavor to the American String Quartet, one of Dvorak's celebrations of his visit to the New World.

The SBSQ comprises key players of DG exclusive recording artist Gustavo Dudamel's Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.
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Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 20 by Alberto Ginastera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Argentina 
2. Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American" by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
3. Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 1, Op.20: 1. Allegro violento ed agitato
String Quartet No. 1, Op.20: 2. Vivacissimo
String Quartet No. 1, Op.20: 3. Calmo e poetico
String Quartet No. 1, Op.20: 4. Allegramente rustico
String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 - "American" B.179: 1. Allegro ma non troppo
String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 - "American" B.179: 2. Lento
String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 - "American" B.179: 3. Molto vivace
String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 - "American" B.179: 4. Finale (Vivace ma non troppo)
String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110: 1. Largo
String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110: 2. Allegro molto
String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110: 3. Allegretto
String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110: 4. Largo
String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110: 5. Largo

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