Dmitri Shostakovich: The String Quartets

Dmitri Shostakovich: The String Quartets

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by The Brodsky Quartet
     
 

If Shostakovich was hip, if Shostakovich was cool, if Shostakovich was edgy, then this set of his string quartets by England’s Brodsky Quartet would be by far the best set of the works ever recorded. If his First Quartet was wry, if his Fourth Quartet was ironic, if his Seventh Quartet was brittle, if his Ninth Quartet was chilly, if his Twelfth Quartet was sarcastic,… See more details below

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If Shostakovich was hip, if Shostakovich was cool, if Shostakovich was edgy, then this set of his string quartets by England’s Brodsky Quartet would be by far the best set of the works ever recorded. If his First Quartet was wry, if his Fourth Quartet was ironic, if his Seventh Quartet was brittle, if his Ninth Quartet was chilly, if his Twelfth Quartet was sarcastic, if his Fifteenth Quartet was in any manner, shape or form objective, then the Brodsky Quartet’s interpretations would be absolutely appropriate. Of course, the Brodsky Quartet is a first-rate group with a tight tone, a hard intonation and an impeccable ensemble, and even when Shostakovich puts the pedal to the metal in the Finale of Twelfth Quartet, they never miss a rhythmic trick. But there’s more going on in Shostakovich than hip and cool and edgy. There’s heart and soul. There’s height and depth. There’s morality and integrity. And while no one would say the Brodsky lack those qualities, few would assert that those qualities are enough in evidence here. For Shostakovich Quartet performances that get it, try the Borodin or the Taneyev or the Beethoven or even the Shostakovich Quartets’ recordings of the works. For brilliantly post-modernist recordings that are arguably too hip, too cool and too edgy for the music’s own good, try the Brodsky’s. Teldec’s sound is clear but slightly hooded, close but slightly muted, direct but slightly reserved.

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
If Shostakovich was hip, if Shostakovich was cool, if Shostakovich was edgy, then this set of his string quartets by England's Brodsky Quartet would be by far the best set of the works ever recorded. If his First Quartet was wry, if his Fourth Quartet was ironic, if his Seventh Quartet was brittle, if his Ninth Quartet was chilly, if his Twelfth Quartet was sarcastic, if his Fifteenth Quartet was in any manner, shape or form objective, then the Brodsky Quartet's interpretations would be absolutely appropriate. Of course, the Brodsky Quartet is a first-rate group with a tight tone, a hard intonation and an impeccable ensemble, and even when Shostakovich puts the pedal to the metal in the Finale of Twelfth Quartet, they never miss a rhythmic trick. But there's more going on in Shostakovich than hip and cool and edgy. There's heart and soul. There's height and depth. There's morality and integrity. And while no one would say the Brodsky lack those qualities, few would assert that those qualities are enough in evidence here. For Shostakovich Quartet performances that get it, try the Borodin or the Taneyev or the Beethoven or even the Shostakovich Quartets' recordings of the works. For brilliantly post-modernist recordings that are arguably too hip, too cool and too edgy for the music's own good, try the Brodsky's. Teldec's sound is clear but slightly hooded, close but slightly muted, direct but slightly reserved.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
Label:
Teldec
UPC:
0825646086726
catalogNumber:
60867
Rank:
112711

Tracks

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 49  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  2. String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  3. String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  4. String Quartet No. 4 in D major, Op. 83  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  5. String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 92  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  6. String Quartet No. 6 in G major, Op. 101  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  7. String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp Minor, Op. 108  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  8. String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  9. String Quartet No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 117  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  10. String Quartet No. 10 in A flat, Op. 118  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  11. String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  12. String Quartet No. 12 in D flat major, Op. 133  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  13. String Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 138  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  14. String Quartet No. 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet
  15. String Quartet No. 15 in E flat Minor, Op. 144  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Brodsky Quartet

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