Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 6

Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 6

by Sorrel Quartet
     
 
All by itself, Vol. 6 of the Sorrel Quartet's recordings of the string quartets of Shostakovich is an impressive achievement. Taken in context of the complete cycle, this achievement is even more impressive. The Sorrel Quartet is a smart, strong, and sensitive ensemble with a sympathetic understanding of Shostakovich's style, and its

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All by itself, Vol. 6 of the Sorrel Quartet's recordings of the string quartets of Shostakovich is an impressive achievement. Taken in context of the complete cycle, this achievement is even more impressive. The Sorrel Quartet is a smart, strong, and sensitive ensemble with a sympathetic understanding of Shostakovich's style, and its performances go to the heart of Shostakovich's music. Sometimes the Sorrel's performances may seem a tad too emotional -- the opening Lento of the bonus "Piano Quintet" is deeply depressed, the central theme and variations of the "First Quartet" is mighty melancholy, and the closing Allegretto of the "Twelfth Quartet" is awfully excited -- but these interpretations are well within the extremely wide emotional range of Shostakovich's music. Although listeners unfamiliar with his quartets might want to start with the Borodin Quartet's late-'70s recordings, listeners who have already heard the Borodin's cycle and are looking for a non-Russian alternative might try the Sorrel's recordings. Chandos' 2005 sound is clean, warm, and close.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115132920
catalogNumber:
10329

Tracks

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 49  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Sorrel Quartet
  2. String Quartet No. 12 in D flat major, Op. 133  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Sorrel Quartet
  3. Quintet for piano & strings in G minor, Op. 57  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Martin Roscoe  -  Sorrel Quartet

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