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Shostakovich: Piano Quintet / Ashkenazy, Fitzwilliam


Release Date: 03/25/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 411940   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Vladimir AshkenazyElisabeth SöderströmChristopher RowlandIoan Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Endellion Quartet's Britten cycle and the Fitzwiliam's account (with Vladimir Ashkenazy) of Shostakovich's Piano Quintet are both outstanding; both are rendered even more desirable by their generous couplings: the Endellion include all of Britten's other published music for quartet, plus the Phantasy for string quintet, the Phantasy oboe quartet and the Elegy for solo viola; the Fitzwilliam add two miniatures for quartet (thus supplementing their complete Shostakovich cycle of some years back) and a stunning performance of the seven Blok songs with Elisabeth Söderstrom as the affectingly expressive soloist.

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [12/1987]
The Endellion Quartet's Britten cycle and the Fitzwiliam's account (with Vladimir Ashkenazy) of Shostakovich's Piano Quintet are both outstanding; both are rendered even more desirable by their generous couplings: the Endellion include all of Britten's other published music for quartet, plus the Phantasy for string quintet, the Phantasy oboe quartet and the Elegy for solo viola; the Fitzwilliam add two miniatures for quartet (thus supplementing their complete Shostakovich cycle of some years back) and a stunning performance of the seven Blok songs with Elisabeth Söderstrom as the affectingly expressive soloist.

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [12/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1. Pieces (2) for String Quartet by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/1986 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2. Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 57 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USSR 
Date of Recording: 09/1983 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 32 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3. Songs (7) for Soprano, Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 127 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano), Christopher Rowland (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano),
Ioan Davies (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1983 
Venue:  Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 23 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Russian 

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