Kopelman Quartet play Shostakovich & Kissin
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Cat No: NI5970
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 7th September 2018
Adagio and Allegretto for String Quartet
String Quartet no.2 in A major, op.68
While staying in Batumi, Georgia in late October/early November 1931, he adapted in one evening two short movements from earlier works as a gift to the Jean Vuillaume Quartet. His beautiful Elegy (sometimes headed Adagio) for string quartet is derived from Katerina Ismailova’s aria 'The foal runs after the filly' in Act I, Scene 3 of Lady Macbeth, which he completed in its original version in 1932. The Polka (sometimes titled Allegretto) derives from Shostakovich's first ballet The Golden Age op.22 (1929-30), which dramatises the visit of a Soviet football team to a decadent Western European city. The footballers are subjected to various indignities, including imprisonment, but they are eventually freed when the working classes revolt against their bourgeois rulers and the ballet ends with a dance of solidarity between the footballers and the workers.
- Mikhail Kopelman (violin)
- Boris Kuschnir (violin)
- Igor Sulyga (viola)
- Mikhail Milman (cello)
Shostakovich - String Quartet / Weinberg - Piano Quintet
Prokofiev - String Quartet no.2, Shostakovich - String Quartets nos. 3 & 7
Martin Jones: 75th Birthday Tribute
Scriabin/Shostakovich - Preludes
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