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Schnittke: The Soviet Experience Volume IV [Pacifica Quartet] [Cedille: CDR 90000 145]

Pacifica Quartet , Dmitri Shostakovich , Alfred Schnittke , None Audio CD

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Schnittke: The Soviet Experience Volume IV  [Pacifica Quartet] [Cedille: CDR 90000 145] + Shostakovich: Quartets 9-12 / Weinberg: Quartet 6 + Shostakovich: The Soviet Experience Vol. I (String Quartet, No. 5-8 / String Quartet, No. 13)
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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 13819:22Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 14 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 142: I. Allegretto 8:43Album Only
Listen  3. String Quartet No. 14 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 142: II. Adagio 8:43Album Only
Listen  4. String Quartet No. 14 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 142: III. Allegretto 8:21Album Only


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Listen  1. String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: I. Elegy: Adagio11:39Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: II. Serenade: Adagio 5:500.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: III. Intermezzo: Adagio 1:430.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: IV. Nocturne: Adagio 4:270.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: V. Funeral March: Adagio molto 5:370.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: VI. Epilogue: Adagio 6:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. String Quartet No. 3: I. Andante 6:140.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. String Quartet No. 3: II. Agitato 8:18Album Only
Listen  9. String Quartet No. 3: III. Pesante 8:23Album Only


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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 first Shostakovich quartet cycle to include works by other important composers of the Soviet era, adding variety and perspective to the listening experience. Volume IV features Shostakovich's String Quartets Nos. 13–15 from the 1970s. 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.

The Pacifica Quartet's previous installments have received an extraordinary reception from critics. London's The Telegraph writes, …The playing is nothing short of phenomenal, bringing new dimensions of interpretative depth and a subtle fusion of intensity and clarity.... . When the series is complete, it looks set to be the one to own.

In 2011–12, the Pacifica played the Shostakovich quartet cycle in London's Wigmore Hall to great acclaim. Founded in 1994, the Pacifica won the 1998 Naumberg Chamber Music Award and Chamber Music America's 2002 Cleveland Quartet Award. In 2006, the Pacifica received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and also was featured on the cover of Gramophone magazine.

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Chostakovitch : Quatuors à cordes n°13 op.138, n°14 op.142 & n°15 op.144 - Schnittke : Quatuor à cordes n°6, op.35 / Pacifica Quartet

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, dynamic, goose-bump inducing end to the cycle. PLEASE now, stop and record the rest of the Schnittke quartets!! 20 Nov 2013
By CVA - Published on Amazon.com
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I had enjoyed the first three volumes. But my love for my old Borodin Quartet set (originally licensed to EMI back in the 1980s, then magically remastered and reissued in 2008 by Melodiya) was never too seriously challenged. The conclusion of the Pacifica set, this item vol. 4, was released today . . . . and it is magnificent. The Shostakovich 15th is given the finest, emotion-packed performance I have ever heard. Waves of goosebumps all over me, in too many sections to detail. And the Schnittke just bowled me over as well (the Kronos Quartet has been my reference in that work). (The album art back cover originally apparently had a typo, that is indeed quartet no. 3 (and not 6) and shows correctly on my CD. Bravo, bravo --- what a thrilling performance and recording of these works. Thank you, Pacifica and your engineers and producers. Very distinguished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best of the Shostakovich cycles on CD 9 Jan 2014
By Dean Frey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the final volume in the Pacifica Quartet's superb series of the Shostakovich quartets entitled The Soviet Experience. I've commented before on the added value of the concept: each album includes two CDs, with 3 or 4 Shostakovitch quartets, an additional quartet by a great Soviet composer (Miaskovsky, Prokofiev, Weinberg, and here Schnittke), a long and illuminating essay about the music, and evocative Soviet-era graphics. Volume 4 has all of this, but when I consider the whole series, I'm struck by how impressive it would have been even without this framing device. These are first-class recordings of the 15 quartets Shostakovich wrote from 1938 until 1974, and I would place the Pacifica Quartet in the top group of complete Shostakovich recordings, along with the Fitzwilliam and Borodin Quartets. With this impressive accomplishment under their belts, I wonder what interesting recording projects these talented young musicians are contemplating now.
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