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Shostakovich: String Quartets No 2 & 3 / St Petersburg


Release Date: 09/07/1999 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67153   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alla AranovskayaIlya TeplyakovKonstantin KatsLeonid Shukaev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'One of the finest chamber recordings of any genre I've heard all year and one that catches the idiom of the music in near-definitive terms. Superbly played and engineered, it's a magnificent beginning to what promises to be a must-hear series' (The Independent on Sunday) 'It is high time that a younger generation of Russian string players should tackle this key oeuvre of 20th-century chamber music, and in the St Petersburg Quartet we surely have the natural successors to the Borodin's crown. These virtuosic and sumptuous-toned accounts of the A and F major quartets easily rival the quasi-orchestral sonority the older quartet brought to this music and they are no less adept at mining the profound melancholy that pervades Shostakovich's Read more great, lamenting slow movements and the mordant, sardonic wit of his parodistic waltzes and scherzos. A dazzling debut' (The Sunday Times) 'Deserves an emphatic recommendation and makes one impatient for the ensemble's next Shostakovich disc' (BBC Music Magazine) 'An edge-of-the-seat experience as this Russian quartet hurls itself headlong into the scores' (BBC Music Magazine) 'These readings warrant strong commendation ... Excellent performances.' (Classic CD) 'Extraordinary intensity and depth' (Los Angeles Times) Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 68 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alla Aranovskaya (Violin), Ilya Teplyakov (Violin), Konstantin Kats (Viola),
Leonid Shukaev (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St Petersburg Recording Studio, Russia 
Length: 34 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2. Quartet for Strings no 3 in F major, Op. 73 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alla Aranovskaya (Violin), Ilya Teplyakov (Violin), Konstantin Kats (Viola),
Leonid Shukaev (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St Petersburg Recording Studio, Russia 
Length: 31 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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