D. Shostakovich Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets

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  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $1.291.Quartet No. 1 In C Major Op. 49: 1. Moderato
  • Buy for $1.292.Quartet No. 1 In C Major Op. 49: 2. Moderato
  • Buy for $1.293.Quartet No. 1 In C Major Op. 49: 3. Allegro molto
  • Buy for $1.294.Quartet No. 1 In C Major Op. 49: 4. Allegro
  • 5.Quartet No. 2 In A Major Op. 68: 1. Overture: Moderato con moto
  • 6.Quartet No. 2 In A Major Op. 68: 2. Recitative and Romance: Adagio
  • Buy for $1.297.Quartet No. 2 In A Major Op. 68: 3. Waltz: Allegro
  • 8.Quartet No. 2 In A Major Op. 68: 4. Theme With Variations: Adagio - Moderato con moto - Allegretto - Piu mosso - Allegro non troppo - Allegro - Adagio
  • Buy for $1.299.Quartet No. 3 In F Major Op. 73: 1. Allegretto
  • Buy for $1.2910.Quartet No. 3 In F Major Op. 73: 2. Moderato con moto
  • Buy for $1.2911.Quartet No. 3 In F Major Op. 73: 3. Allegro non troppo
  • Buy for $1.2912.Quartet No. 3 In F Major Op. 73: 4. Adagio - attacca:
  • 13.Quartet No. 3 In F Major Op. 73: 5. Moderato - Adagio

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $1.291.Quartet No. 4 In D Major Op. 83: 1. Allegretto
  • Buy for $1.292.Quartet No. 4 In D Major Op. 83: 2. Andante
  • Buy for $1.293.Quartet No. 4 In D Major Op. 83: 3. Allegretto - attacca:
  • 4.Quartet No. 4 In D Major Op. 83: 4. Allegretto
  • 5.Quartet No. 5 In B Flat Major Op. 92: 1. Allegro non troppo - attacca:
  • 6.Quartet No. 5 In B Flat Major Op. 92: 2. Andante - Andantino - Andante - Andantino - Andante - attacca:
  • 7.Quartet No. 5 In B Flat Major Op. 92: 3. Moderato - Allegretto - Andante
  • Buy for $1.298.Quartet No. 6 In G Major Op. 101: 1. Allegretto
  • Buy for $1.299.Quartet No. 6 In G Major Op. 101: 2. Moderato con moto
  • Buy for $1.2910.Quartet No. 6 In G Major Op. 101: 3. Lento - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.2911.Quartet No. 6 In G Major Op. 101: 4. Lento - Allegretto - Andante - Lento

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $1.291.Quartet No. 7 In F Sharp Minor Op. 108: 1. Allegretto - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.292.Quartet No. 7 In F Sharp Minor Op. 108: 2. Lento - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.293.Quartet No. 7 In F Sharp Minor Op. 108: 3. Allegro - Allegretto - Andante - Lento
  • Buy for $1.294.Quartet No. 8 In C Minor Op. 110: 1. Largo - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.295.Quartet No. 8 In C Minor Op. 110: 2. Allegro molto - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.296.Quartet No. 8 In C Minor Op. 110: 3. Allegretto - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.297.Quartet No. 8 In C Minor Op. 110: 4. Largo - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.298.Quartet No. 8 In C Minor Op. 110: 5. Largo
  • Buy for $1.299.Quartet No. 9 In E Flat Major Op. 117: 1. Moderato con moto - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.2910.Quartet No. 9 In E Flat Major Op. 117: 2. Adagio - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.2911.Quartet No. 9 In E Flat Major Op. 117: 3. Allegretto - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.2912.Quartet No. 9 In E Flat Major Op. 117: 4. Adagio - attacca:
  • 13.Quartet No. 9 In E Flat Major Op. 117: 5. Allegro
  • Buy for $1.2914.Quartet No. 10 In A Flat Major Op. 118: 1. Andante
  • Buy for $1.2915.Quartet No. 10 In A Flat Major Op. 118: 2. Allegretto furioso
  • Buy for $1.2916.Quartet No. 10 In A Flat Major Op. 118: 3. Adagio - attacca:
  • 17.Quartet No. 10 In A Flat Major Op. 118: 4. Allegretto - Andante

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $1.291.'Lady Macbeth of The Mtsensk District', Op. 29: Adagio (Elegy) For String Quartet
  • Buy for $1.292.'The Age of Gold', Op. 22: Allegretto (Polka) For String Quartet
  • Buy for $1.293.Quartet No. 11 In F Minor Op. 122: 1. Introduction: Andantino - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.294.Quartet No. 11 In F Minor Op. 122: 2. Scherzo: Allegretto - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.295.Quartet No. 11 In F Minor Op. 122: 3. Recitative: Adagio - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.296.Quartet No. 11 In F Minor Op. 122: 4. Etude: Allegro - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.297.Quartet No. 11 In F Minor Op. 122: 5. Humoresque: Allegro - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.298.Quartet No. 11 In F Minor Op. 122: 6. Elegy: Adagio - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.299.Quartet No. 11 In F Minor Op. 122: 7. Finale: Moderato - Meno mosso - Moderato
  • Buy for $1.2910.Quartet No. 12 In D Flat Major Op. 133: 1. Moderato - Allegretto - Moderato - Allegretto - Moderato
  • 11.Quartet No. 12 In D Flat Major Op. 133: 2. Allegretto - Adagio - Moderato - Adagio - Moderato - Allegretto
  • 12.Quartet No. 13 In B Flat Minor Op. 138: Adagio - Doppio movimento - Tempo primo

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Quartet No. 14 In F Sharp Major Op. 142: 1. Allegretto - Meno mosso - Allegretto - Meno mosso - Allegretto
  • 2.Quartet No. 14 In F Sharp Major Op. 142: 2. Adagio - attacca:
  • 3.Quartet No. 14 In F Sharp Major Op. 142: 3. Allegretto - Poco meno mosso - Adagio
  • 4.Quartet No. 15 In E Flat Minor Op. 144: 1. Elegy: Adagio - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.295.Quartet No. 15 In E Flat Minor Op. 144: 2. Serenade: Adagio - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.296.Quartet No. 15 In E Flat Minor Op. 144: 3. Intermezzo: Adagio - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.297.Quartet No. 15 In E Flat Minor Op. 144: 4. Nocturne: Adagio - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.298.Quartet No. 15 In E Flat Minor Op. 144: 5. Funeral March: Adagio molto - attacca:
  • Buy for $1.299.Quartet No. 15 In E Flat Minor Op. 144: 6. Epilogue: Adagio - Adagio molto

Product Description:

Composers have always reserved the expression of their deepest, most personal feelings for the string quartet; Beethoven comes to mind, and more recently Alban Berg, Janácek, and, of course, Shostakovich, whose 15 quartets are an opaque, frequently encoded, almost autobiographical outpouring of the public and private agony endured by the creative artist under totalitarianism. Indeed, for years the political controversy surrounding his person obscured his stature as a composer. However, his quartets, thanks to their accessible musical language and powerful emotional appeal, soon gained a wide audience and are now among the acknowledged masterpieces of 20th-century chamber music.

The Emerson Quartet, committed champion of contemporary music, has just released the Shostakovich quartets on a five-disc set; chronologically arranged, they reflect his growing personal and political travail. The comparative serenity of the early quartets, indicating how he might have composed free of external pressure, soon gives way to increasingly bleak despair, culminating in the shattering, devastating final ones. The players seem to have a special affinity for these works and fully communicate their overwhelming emotional impact without becoming excessive or sentimental. They give each quartet its own distinct character and bring out the set's wildly changing moods, from sardonic, often grotesque irony bordering on desperation to profound sorrow and mournful lamentation. Recorded live at the Aspen Music Festival, the playing is superb, combining the excitement and spontaneity of a performance with utmost control and perfection; the ensemble is seamless, the sound beautiful, but not lush, varied and expressive. --Edith Eisler

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