The Complete String Quartets by Shostakovich plus other Quartets
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Label: Cedille Records
Cat No: BOX1003
Number of Discs: 8
Release Date: 1st September 2014
WorksString Quartet no.13 in A minor, op.86
String Quartet no.2 in F major, op.92
String Quartet no.3
String Quartets nos.1-15 (complete)
String Quartet no.6 in E minor, op.35
The Pacifica Quartet’s acclaimed survey of Dmitri Shostakovich’s complete string quartets, The Soviet Experience, has been praised as “forceful, intimate, and consummately recorded” (Positive Feedback). Now, record collectors have more reason than ever to acquire this exceptional series in its entirety, with the release of this value-priced boxed set offering all four volumes (each a 2-CD set).
The Soviet Experience has been lauded as unique among Shostakovich quartet cycles for including quartets by some the composer’s most significant Soviet-era contemporaries: Nikolai Miaskovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Alfred Schnittke.
Every instalment of The Soviet Experience has garnered praise in the U.S. and internationally. Reviewing Volume I, The New York Times said, “The excellent Pacifica Quartet . . . offers electrifying interpretations.” Assessing Volume II, The Classical Review wrote, “the Pacifica’s Shostakovich cycle already is shaping up as definitive, even in a field stocked with . . . formidable Russian contenders.”
BBC Music Magazine’s review of Volume III said the series “is turning out to be one of the most riveting of recent years. . . . Pacifica’s Shostakovich cycle is already shaping up as definitive.”
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