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Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets

Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets
Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets

Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets

Shostakovich Quartet

Catalogue Number: ALC 5002
Number of Discs: 5



“(This Quartet)…bring a special intensity to this repertoire as well as an  effortless technical address, and tonal blend which gives their readings a strong claim on the collector’s allegiance. We have responded to their cycle with appreciation….. and the recordings are very satisfactory indeed”   ©Penguin Guide 3 stars
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 insightful works in the quartet repertoire.

    String Quartet No. 4 in D, Op. 83
  • I. Allegretto 3:55
  • II. Andantino 7:18
  • III. Allegretto; IV. Allegretto 13:22

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

  • I. Largo 4:39
  • II. Allegro molto 2:45
  • III. Allegretto 4:33
  • IV. Largo 5:28
  • V. Largo 3:26

String Quartet No. 10 in Ab, Op. 118

  • I. Andante 4:10
  • II. Allegretto furioso 4:10
  • III. Adagio 6:34
  • IV. Allegretto – Andante 9:01

Two Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 36

  • I. Elegy (Adagio) 4:11
  • II. Polka (Allegretto) 2:18

String Quartet No. 1 in C, Op. 49

  • I. Moderato 4:18
  • II. Moderato 4:44
  • III. Allegro molto 1:53
  • IV. Allegro 2:50

String Quartet No. 5 in Bb, Op. 92

  • I. Allegro non troppo 11:00
  • II. Andante – Andantino 8:39
  • III. Moderato – Allegretto – Andante 10:41

String Quartet No. 9 in Eb, Op. 117

  • I. Moderato con moto 4:16
  • II. Adagio 4:42
  • III. Allegretto 3:53
  • IV. Adagio 4:42
  • V. Allegro 10:47

String Quartet No. 2 in A, Op. 68

  • I. Overture: Moderato con moto 8:10
  • II. Recitative & Romance: Adagio 11:09
  • III. Valse: Allegro 5:36
  • IV. Theme with variations: Adagio – Moderato con moto – Allegretto – Allegro non troppo – Allegro – Adagio 10:42

String Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 73

  • I. Allegretto 6:34
  • II. Moderato con moto 4:56
  • III. Allegro non troppo 3:55
  • IV. Adagio; V. Moderato – Adagio 15:55

String Quartet No. 7 in F# minor, Op. 108

  • I. Allegretto 3:17
  • II. Lento 3:18
  • III. Allegro – Allegretto 5:30

String Quartet No. 6 in G, Op. 101

  • I. Allegretto 6:02
  • II. Moderato con moto 4:52
  • III. Lento 6:08
  • IV. Lento – Allegretto – Andante – Adagio 7:02

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122

  • I. Introduction: Andantino 2:11
  • II. Scherzo: Allegretto 2:40
  • III. Recitative: Adagio 1:27
  • IV. Etude: Allegro 1:15
  • V. Humoresque: Adagio 1:08
  • VI. Elegy: Adagio 4:31
  • VII. Finale: Moderato 3:22

String Quartet No. 15 in Eb minor, Op. 144

  • I. Elegy: Adagio 12:33
  • II. Serenade: Adagio 5:28
  • III. Intermezzo: Adagio 2:01
  • IV. Nocturne: Adagio 5:04
  • V. Funeral March: Adagio molto 4:55
  • VI. Epilogue: Adagio – Adagio molto 6:45

String Quartet No. 12 in Db, Op. 133

  • I. Moderato – Allegretto 8:03
  • II. Adagio – Moderato – Allegretto 19:44

String Quartet No. 13 in Bb minor, Op. 138 – Adagio – Doppio movimento – Tempo primo 18:10
String Quartet No. 14 in F#, Op. 142

  • I. Allegretto 8:49
  • II. Adagio 9:39
  • III. Allegretto – Adagio