Shostakovich: The String Quartets (Complete)

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Shostakovich: The String Quartets (Complete)
Emerson String Quartet

[ Deutsche Grammophon / 5 CD ]

Release Date: Saturday 20 May 2006

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Winner Gramophone Awards 2000 - Chamber!

Winner Gramophone Awards 2000 - Chamber
2001 Grammy Winner: Best Classical Album
2001 Grammy Award Winner - Best Chamber Music Performance

2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Shostakovich.

Dmitri Shostakovich was born in St Petersburg on 25 September (12 September old style) 1906 and died in Moscow on 9 August 1975. As one of the most important figures in 20th century Soviet music - and indeed in 20th century music in general - much of his music is now a regular part of the repertory of orchestras and chamber ensembles. Shostakovich lived through some of the most significant political events of the 20th century and he was just eleven years old when the October Revolution took place in 1917. He witnessed the massive changes that took place in his homeland and the creation of the Soviet state. He was no stranger to controversy and was at odds with official doctrine at various times throughout his career and while he was obliged to follow the Party line he nevertheless maintained his artistic integrity throughout his life.

Shostakovich wrote music in all genres but it is for the 15 Symphonies and 15 String Quartets that he is held in the highest esteem and for which he produced some of his greatest works - in music that on the one hand is very public, and on the other very private. In addition he wrote piano music and his crowning achievement in this area is his set of 24 Preludes and Fugues. Songs are an important part of his vocal output and there are cycles with orchestral accompaniment and some with piano.


CD 1
1-4 Quartet No.1 in C major, op.49
5-8 Quartet No.2 in A major, op.68
9-13 Quartet No.3 in F major, op.73

CD 2
1-4 Quartet No.4 in D major, op.83
5-7 Quartet No.5 in B flat major, op.92
8-11 Quartet No.6 in G major, op.101

CD 3
1-3 Quartet No.7 in F sharp minor, op.108
4-8 Quartet No.8 in C minor, op.110
9-13 Quartet No.9 in E flat major, op.117
14-17 Quartet No.10 in A flat major, op.118

CD 4
1 Adagio (Elegy)
2 Allegretto (Polka)
3-9 Quartet No.11 in F minor, op.122
10-11 Quartet No.12 in D flat major, op.133
12 Quartet No.13 in B flat minor, op.138

CD 5
1-3 Quartet No.14 in F sharp major, op.142
4-9 Quartet No.15 in E flat minor, op.144