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Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 4, 11, 14

Hagen Quartett Audio CD
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  • Performer: Hagen Quartett
  • Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0000012W2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 660,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.4 in D major, Op.83 - 1. Allegretto 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.4 in D major, Op.83 - 2. Andantino 6:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.4 in D major, Op.83 - 3. Allegretto 5:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.4 in D major, Op.83 - 4. Allegretto11:071.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.122 - 1. Introduction: Andantino 2:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.122 - 2. Scherzo: Allegretto 2:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.122 - 3. Recitative: Adagio 1:090.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.122 - 4. Etude: Allegro 1:170.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.122 - 5. Humoresque: Allegro 1:050.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.122 - 6. Elegy: Adagio 4:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.122 - 7. Finale: Moderato 4:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.14 in F sharp major Op.142 - 1. Allegretto 8:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.14 in F sharp major Op.142 - 2. Adagio 9:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.14 in F sharp major Op.142 - 3. Allegretto 8:460.79  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars superb DSCH from the Hagens 24 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
having had the privilege of seeing the Hagen's perform Shostakovich's 3 rd Qrt back in the 1999 ( i think it was) at the Wigmore hall - the Hagen's have been one of the younger generation of Quartets that ranked amnong the finest exponents of DSCH's complex , searing music.

this late 90's original DG release gets the full 5 star treatment from myself ( a rarity) for its emotional,technical + empathetic performances here. recording qulaity is excellent - as are the booklet notes.

the hauntingly beautiful 4th Qrt starts the cd off in very fine style with deeply searching, commited playing. the later turbulent 11th + ambivalent 14th Quartet similarly recieve playing bt the Hagens to match the Borodin's (emi), Fitzwilliam's (decca) + Eder Qurts fine cycle on naxos (yes really) for deep understanding of the composers finely nuanced, emotionally complex searching music. the Penguin guide also rated this cd highly at the time. this recording has recently been re-released by budget dutch label Newtown Classics, but with bland cd cover + good though abridged booklet notes.

this recording is strongly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely intriguing interpretations, full of psychological half lights 9 Sep 2010
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The Hagen Quartet seems to have had a limited but illustrious run on DG; they began a complete Shostakovich cycle with this CD, recorded in 1993-94, but added only one other installment (of Qts. 3, 7, and 8). A shame, because their voice is quite different from the Emersons, whose famous cycle on DG no doubt eclipsed this one. The Hagens are subtler, more nuanced, yet also more modern in their willingness to give Shostakovich's existential bleakness full play. In chronology the earlier quartets are cut from the fully expressive, open-hearted middle period in which the composer poured his soul out, while the later quartets are grayer, spare and death-haunted. The Hagens think twice about this depiction, however, and they bring hushed, ghostly tone to the Fourth Qt. from 1949, linking it up psychologically with the Fourteenth.

The Gramophone critic, although admiring, complained that the cellist wasn't forceful or dramatic enough. There is something plain-faced about his solos in the Fourth, but isn't this deliberate? The whole approach of the Hagens involves finding unexpected moods and half lights. the multi-hued Eleventh Qt. is full of mood swings, and it would be hard to swing more starkly and dramatically than this reading does. I've been dazzled by the Emersons' Shostakovich, but I've never felt that it was psychological, whereas the Hagens eminently are. The composer is subversive, at times furtive about what he feels exactly, but they make sure that he is dug from his hiding place. The Fourteenth Qt. is as forbiddingly forlorn as much else in late Shostakovich. I won't pretend to have divined it fully, but something tells me that this reading has, and one day I will know why.

P.S. 2011 - Readers should be aware of a mid-price reissue on the Newton label. Also, the early-90s digital sound gets notably edgy and glassy at high volume.
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