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The Soviet Experience Volume IV: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries

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The Soviet Experience Volume IV: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries

Pacifica Quartet

  • CDR 90000 145
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    • Adagio - Doppio movimento - Tempo primo (19:15)

    • DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)

      String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat minor, Op. 138

      Adagio - Doppio movimento - Tempo primo (19:15)

    • I. Allegretto (8:41)

    • String Quartet No. 14 in F-sharp major, Op. 142

      I. Allegretto (8:41)

    • II. Adagio (8:43)

    • II. Adagio (8:43)

    • III. Allegretto (8:18)

    • III. Allegretto (8:18)

    • I. Elegy: Adagio (11:39)

    • DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)

      String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor, Op. 144 (36:10)

      I. Elegy: Adagio (11:39)

    • II. Serenade: Adagio (5:49)

    • II. Serenade: Adagio (5:49)

    • III. Intermezzo: Adagio (1:44)

    • III. Intermezzo: Adagio (1:44)

    • IV. Nocturne: Adagio (4:27)

    • IV. Nocturne: Adagio (4:27)

    • V. Funeral March: Adagio molto (5:37)

    • V. Funeral March: Adagio molto (5:37)

    • VI. Epilogue: Adagio (6:52)

    • VI. Epilogue: Adagio (6:52)

    • I. Andante (6:14)

    • ALFRED SCHNITTKE (1934–1998)

      String Quartet No. 3 (22:54)

      I. Andante (6:14)

    • II. Agitato (8:18)

    • II. Agitato (8:18)

    • III. Pesante (8:20)

    • III. Pesante (8:20)

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This is the final installment in the Pacifica Quartet's highly anticipated, and already highly acclaimed four-volume CD survey of the complete Shostakovich string quartets: The Soviet Experience: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries.

The Soviet Experience Volume IV features Shostakovich's String Quartets Nos. 13–15 from the 1970s. The Thirteenth Quartet's one and only movement featuring extensive solo viola uses extended techniques uncommon for Russian composers at that time. The Fourteenth, composed in 1973 is a surprisingly upbeat work of 3 movements prominently featuring the cello. The Fifteenth is a meditation on mortality and one of Shostakovich's longest quartets. These three quartets are paired with Schnittke's allusive homage, String Quartet No. 3, written in 1983. It's a work full of quotation including a 12-tone row transposed from a theme by Shostakovich, whose influence was felt throughout Schnittke's career.

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Album Details

Total Time Disc One: 45:12

Producer & Engineer: Judith Sherman: 
Assistant Engineer & Digital Editing Bill Maylone 
Editing Assistance: Jeanne Velonis 
Recorded: Shostakovich Quartets Nos. 13 and 14: December 16–18, 2012; Shostakovich Quartet No. 15 and Schnittke Quartet No. 3: August 24–26, 2013—Auer Hall, Indiana University Bloomington 
Microphones: Sonodore RCM-402 & DPA 4006-TL
Front Cover Design: Sue Cottrill 
Inside Booklet & Inlay Card: Nancy Bieschke
Front Cover Art: Always on the guard of Homeland!, 1973, by V. Chumkov — available at www.sovietposters.ru

Publishers:
Schnittke Sikorski —String Quartet No. 3, Op © 1983 (SIK6752)
Shostakovich Sikorski — String Quartet No. 13, Op. 138 © 1970 (SIK2170); String Quartet No. 14, Op. 142 © 1972 (SIK2175); String Quartet No. 15, Op. 144 © 1974 (SIK2204)

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