- Quintet for piano & strings in G minor, Op. 57
- Trio for piano & strings No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67
- Sonata for violin & piano, Op. 134
- Sonata for viola & piano in C major, Op. 147
- Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, Op. 40
- Sonata for piano No. 1 (October Symphony), Op. 12
- Sonata for piano No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 61
Try not to think of it as a miscellaneous collection of performances of random chamber music works by Shostakovich; try to think of it as a set of almost all of Shostakovich's chamber works for piano and strings coupled with his two piano sonatas. Don't mind that there are different pianists for each disc, with the strong-backed Edward Auer taking the "Piano Quintet" and the "Piano Trio No. 2" on Disc 1, the steel-fingered Ronald Bräutigam for the sonatas for violin and for viola on Disc 2, and the clean-limbed Klára Würtz for the "Sonata for Cello" plus the "First Piano Sonata" and the stout-hearted Colin Stone for the "Second Sonata" on Disc 3. What counts is the quality of the performances, and these performance are uniformly first-rate. Auer's "Piano Quintet" with one ensemble has weight, wit, and power while his "Piano Trio," with a wholly different ensemble, has more passion, more aggression, and a bitterly ironic sense of humor. Bräutigam is partnered with Isabelle van Keulen, whose ardent intensity and fervent expressivity match the late violin and viola sonatas. Würtz is paired with Timora Rosler for an emotionally committed "Cello Sonata," then performs a brutal "First Piano Sonata" on her own. Rounding out the set, Colin Stone performs the violent "Second Piano Sonata" with concentrated fury. Brilliant's minimally remastered sound from a variety of small labels in the early years of the digital era is clean enough to see through, but not so clean that you don't notice it's there.