Shostakovich / Piano Quintet - String Quartet n°8

Quatuor Talich, Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Quartet No.8, La Dolce Volta

with Yakov Kasman, Piano

 

Informations

- LDV 263

- 1 CD / 54'45

- Recorded at Domovina Studio, Prague on November 2011

- Artistic Director: Jiri Gemrot

- Sound engineers: Václav Roubal, Karel Soukenik

 

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Dmitri Shostakovich did not start writing his string quartets until he was 32 and had climbed out from under Stalin's reprobation with the success in 1937 of the Fifth Symphony.

We now know that when taken altogether Shostakovich's 15 string quartets stand as remarkable documents of a private nature wherein the composer was able to explore ideas common to serialism and atonality without drawing undue attention from anyone in the cultural ministry. We also know that Shostakovich's first and second quartets were written at a time when the composer had just concluded a major study of Beethoven's symphonies and the quartets of Haydn.

The early quartets (and the one piano quintet) show it. The First Quartet definitely has elements of Haydn's execution and structure, but Shostakovich adds some of his own baroque playfulness--an aspect that will not appear in any of his subsequent works in the genre. Also missing in the quartets to come will be the folksong character found in the first two string quartets and the Piano Quintet in G minor. 

Table of contents 

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Piano Quintet in G minor, op.57

1Prélude (Lento)

2Fugue (Adagio)

3Scherzo (Allegretto)

4Intermezzo (Lento)

5Finale (Allegretto)

String Quartet no.8 in C minor, op.110

6Largo

7Allegro molto

8Allegretto

9Largo

10Largo

 

 

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