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Shostakovich: The Soviet Experience Vol. I (String Quartet, No. 5-8 / String Quartet, No. 13) Double CD


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  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich, Nikolai Miaskovsky
  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Cedille
  • ASIN: B005J59IV8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: I. Allegretto non troppo11:29Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: II. Andante 9:27Album Only
Listen  3. String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92: III. Moderato - Allegretto10:54Album Only
Listen  4. String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: I. Allegretto 7:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: II. Moderato con moto 5:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: III. Lento 5:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101: IV. Lento - Allegretto - Andante 7:21£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: I. Allegretto 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: II. Lento 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: III. Allegro - Allegretto 5:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: I. Largo 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: III. Allegretto 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: IV. Largo 5:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: V. Largo 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 86: I. Moderato 7:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 86: II. Presto fantastico 5:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 86: III. Andante con moto e molto cantabile 6:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 86: IV. Molto vivo, energico 4:54£0.79  Buy MP3 

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This is the first installment in the Pacifica Quartets highly anticipated, four-volume CD survey of the complete Shostakovich string quartets: The Soviet Experience: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries. The Soviet Experience is the first Shostakovich quartet cycle to include works by other important composers of the Soviet era, adding variety and perspective to the listening experience. This superbly performed series of audiophile recordings, produced and engineered by multiple Grammy Award winner Judith Sherman, will appeal to everyone interested in great Russian music of the 20th century. Its also a great value: each two-CD installment is priced as a single CD. In 2011-12, the Pacifica will play the Shostakovich quartet cycle in Londons Wigmore Hall.

Review

Dmitri Shostakovich's 15 string quartets are seen as the true inner voice of the man forever harried by the Soviets. The premieres of his 15 symphonies were major political events, but in his chamber music he could afford real personal reflection on life under the comrades. This is the first volume of the Chicago-based Pacifica Quartet's exciting exploration of the cycle, tackling Nos 5 to 8 and coupling them with Nikolai Miaskovsky's quartet No 13. Its release coincides with their electrifying performances at Wigmore Hall last week. Listen to these and you'll wish you had been there. --Observer,16/10/11

Composer's 15 masterworks are notable for their intimacy and represent an emotional journey The quartets in this first volume date from the 1950s and 1960s when, amid a changing political landscape, Shostakovich continued to find himself under external pressure. The Fifth is austere and elusive, the Sixth more lyrical and traditional, the three-movement Seventh alternately spare and dissonant, the Eighth a 20-minute outpouring of emotional intensity in the composer's finest vein. The Pacificas play them with clairvoyant unity of purpose, combining motivic lucidity and naturalness of expression in a way that gives these often difficult masterworks a compelling logic. --Financial Times,18/11/11

A fine reading. --IRR,Dec'11

The Pacifica's sense of musical argument is always impressive. Lovely,cultured musicianship throughout. Perfomance ***** Recording **** BBC MUSIC CHAMBER CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Jan'12

How refreshing to encounter the subtly understated performances of the Pacifica Quartet ,which pays Shostakovich the compliment of allowing his music to blossom forth, unmanacled by the need to lace his every whim and caprice with irony. THE STRAD RECOMMENDS --The Strad,Feb'12

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By swgg29 on 21 Dec. 2013
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And here is the place to start. The writers of the liner notes are keen to make sure we are clear about their negative view of the Soviet seven decades. Don't let that put you off. A full and genuine reconsideration of the whole seventy-year experience is about due, and the Pacifica Quartet's account of chamber music that accompanied work of a more public kind (such as Shostakovich's symphonies, obviously) is a terrific place to start. The set should be a worthy rival or companion of any other you might have of the Shostakovich quartets. The one other piece by another major but (for me) less well known composer on each volume makes a worthwhile plus.
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The Pacifica Quartet Surveys Shostakovich 16 Aug. 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps it is because there are so many releases of the collection of the String Quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich that his quartets have become a staple in the concert and recital halls around the world. Now the Pacifica Quartet takes on the challenge of finding all the intricacies, the emotional messages, the fiendishly difficult writing and the profoundly moving passages in these works that surveyed much of the composer's career, if not time-wise then state of mind-wise.

In this Volume One of the set the Quartet performs the 5th, 6th, 7thj and 8th quartets. Having heard them in performance encountering their complete immersion in the works is not at all surprising. But what is surprising is how the quartet can engender the sound of a full string orchestra in the BIG section and then reduce the tone to a lullaby quality in the Lentos, Adagios, and Andantes, giving us the impression that we are atone with the four members in a very small, intimate space.
As an added element in the Quartet's concept of the releases (`The Soviet Experience') they add the Quartet No. 13 by Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky or Miaskovsky (1881 -1950), a Russian and Soviet composer sometimes referred to as the "Father of the Soviet symphony". The quartet is lush and richly detailed and plays well in company with Shostakovich. This is a first class recording and one that promises great things for the remainder of the series. Grady Harp, August 12
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Fine playing and fine sound, a winning combination 8 Mar. 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
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The Pacifica Quartet (Simin Ganatra, violin; Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; Brandon Vamos, cello) play Shostakovich as though born to it. Among the best small ensembles in the country, the Pacifica players perform with enthusiasm, passion, grace, precision, and, above all, virtuosity. If anyone could make Shostakovich come alive for twenty-first century ears, it's these folks.

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Five Stars 24 Dec. 2014
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Great recording, awesome in concert!
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