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Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 1-3, 5, 7 and 10

Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 1-3, 5, 7 and 10

Shostakovich Quartet

Catalog Number: ALC 2013
Number of Discs: 2 CDs
Released: November 2010

Early and middle period quartets by the composer who revitalized the genre in the Soviet Union


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.