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Shostakovich: The ‘Great Quartets’ – Nos. 4, 8 & 10

Shostakovich: The ‘Great Quartets’ – Nos. 4, 8 & 10

Shostakovich Quartet

Catalog Number: ALC 1112
Number of Discs: CD
Released: January 2011

Essential Shostakovich from a dynamic quartet


The staying power of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s string quartets rivals that of his symphonies. His quartets are deeply personal works – intensely autobiographical, confessional, intimate, intensely emotional – and among the most demanding works in the quartet repertoire.

Originally released on Olympia Records, the eponymously named Shostakovich Quartet’s survey of the cycle was hailed for the passionate, direct, powerfully textured, and nuanced performances. Alto is pleased to return this excellent cycle to the international catalogue at a super-value price.