Shostakovich / Schnittke - The Soviet Experience: String Quartets, Vol. 4 - Pacifica Quartet

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This is the final installment in the Pacifica Quartet's highly anticipated, and already highly acclaimed four-volume CD survey of the complete Shostakovich string quartets, the first Shostakovich quartet cycle to include works by other important composers of the Soviet era, adding variety and perspective to the listening experience. Volume IV features Shostakovich's String Quartets Nos. 13-15 from the 1970s. These three quartets are paired with Schnittke's allusive homage, String Quartet No. 3, written in 1983. It's a work full of quotation including a 12-tone row transposed from a theme by Shostakovich, whose influence was felt throughout Schnittke's career.

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'This is a Shostakovich cycle for the ages.' - Fanfare

'There are many fine Shostakovich quartet cycles available, but none finer than this, and none more intelligently planned and programmed.' - the final volume of the Pacifica Quartet's Shostakovich cycle, and, in a word, the performances are terms of fine timbral control, precision of gesture...dynamic shaping...ensemble, and vertical balance...these...performances meet the high standards of their predecessors. Still, even in the context of this consistent excellence, there's something special about this release, for beyond their grasp of Shostakovich's idiom in general, these four players have a special, if hard to define, virtue that makes them especially adept in the often spare and enigmatic last quartets.

If you're just beginning to explore this repertoire, this is the place to start-and if you've already got this music in your collection, this is an ideal way to expand your vision.

- By Peter J. Rabinowitz © 2014 Fanfare

Artikelnummer CDR90000145
Streckkod 0735131914529
Utgivningsdatum 2013-12-04
Kategori Stråkkvartett
Skivbolag Cedille
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Artister Pacifica Quartet
Kompositörer Shostakovich / Schnittke
Disk: 1
1 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 13
2 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 14
Disk: 2
1 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 15
2 Schnittke: String Quartet No. 6
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