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Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 2000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 50 recordings. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied ... Read more in Amazon's Brodsky Quartet Store

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  • Performer: Brodsky Quartet
  • Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (27 Oct. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B0000CBHYW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  1. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.1 in C major Op.49 : I Moderato 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.1 in C major Op.49 : II Moderato 4:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.1 in C major Op.49 : III Allegro Molto 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.1 in C major Op.49 : IV Allegro 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.2 in A major Op.68 : I Overture, Moderato con moto 8:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.2 in A major Op.68 : II Recitativo and Romance, Adagio11:33Album Only
  7. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.2 in A major Op.68 : III Valse 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.2 in A major Op.68 : IV Tema con variazioni10:13Album Only
  9. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.3 in F major Op.73 : I Allegretto 6:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.3 in F major Op.73 : II Moderato con molto 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.3 in F major Op.73 : III Allegro non troppo 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.3 in F major Op.73 : IV Adagio 5:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
13. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.3 in F major Op.73 : V Moderato 9:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.4 in D major Op.83 : I Allegretto 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
15. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.4 in D major Op.83 : II Andantino 6:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
16. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.4 in D major Op.83 : III Allegretto 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
17. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.4 in D major Op.83 : IV Allegretto10:55Album Only
18. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.5 in B flat major Op.92 : I Allegro non troppo10:46Album Only
19. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.5 in B flat major Op.92 : II Andante10:50Album Only
20. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.5 in B flat major Op.92 : III Moderato, Allegretto, Andante10:15Album Only
21. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.6 in G major Op.101 : I Allegretto 7:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
22. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.6 in G major Op.101 : II Moderato con moto 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
23. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.6 in G major Op.101 : III Lento 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
24. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.6 in G major Op.101 : IV Lento, Allegretto 6:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
25. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.7 in F sharp minor Op.108 : I Allegretto 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
26. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.7 in F sharp minor Op.108 : II Lento 3:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
27. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.7 in F sharp minor Op.108 : III Allegro 5:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
28. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110 : I Largo 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
29. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110 : II Allegro molto 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
30. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110 : III Allegretto 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
31. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110 : IV Largo 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
32. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110 : V Largo 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
33. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.9 in E flat major Op.117 : I Moderato con moto 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
34. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.9 in E flat major Op.117 : II Adagio 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
35. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.9 in E flat major Op.117 : III Allegretto 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
36. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.9 in E flat major Op.117 : IV Adagio 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
37. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.9 in E flat major Op.117 : V Allegro 9:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
38. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.10 in A flat major Op.118 : I Andante 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
39. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.10 in A flat major Op.118 : II Allegretto frioso 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
40. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.10 in A flat major Op.118 : III Adagio 4:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
41. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.10 in A flat major Op.118 : IV Allegretto 9:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
42. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.11 in F minor Op.122 : I Introduction, Andantino 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
43. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.11 in F minor Op.122 : II Scherzo, Allegretto 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
44. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.11 in F minor Op.122 : III Recitativo, Adagio 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
45. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.11 in F minor Op.122 : IV Etude, Allegro 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
46. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.11 in F minor Op.122 : V Humoresque, Allegro 1:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
47. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.11 in F minor Op.122 : VI Elegy, Adagio 4:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
48. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.11 in F minor Op.122 : VII Finale, Moderato 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
49. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.12 in D flat Major Op.133 : I Moderato 6:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
50. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.12 in D flat Major Op.133 : II Allegretto21:10Album Only
51. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.13 in B flat minor Op.138 : Adagio20:55Album Only
52. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.14 in F sharp major Op.142 : I Allegretto 9:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
53. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.14 in F sharp major Op.142 : II Adagio 9:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
54. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.14 in F sharp major Op.142 : III Allegretto 8:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
55. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.15 in E flat minor Op.144 : I Elegy, Adagio12:00Album Only
56. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.15 in E flat minor Op.144 : II Serenade, Adagio 5:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
57. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.15 in E flat minor Op.144 : III Intermezzo, Adagio 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
58. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.15 in E flat minor Op.144 : IV Nocturne, Adagio 5:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
59. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.15 in E flat minor Op.144 : V Funeral March, Adagio molto 5:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
60. Shostakovich : String Quartet No.15 in E flat minor Op.144 : VI Epilogue, Adagio 7:12£0.79  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Wood on 29 Sept. 2013
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For me, this is a brilliant and moving performance, and shows how completely the Brodskys understand Shostakovich, whose music is, arguably, right at the top of the quartet repertoire. This is for all music lovers, whether or not you enjoy chamber music - if you're new to Shostakovich, try nos. 7 and 8 first, and I guarantee you'll love it!

This is the original Brodsky Quartet line-up, and the 1st violinist has been replaced by Daniel Rowland, but having heard them perform all 15 quartets in one weekend, I'm very much hoping that they'll record them all again.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jan. 2011
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I've always had a certain ambivalence towards the Brodskys. Any ensemble that finds it fitting to credit their tailor as a fifth member has got to be deep in the camp of style over substance. On the other hand there is no doubt that with certain modern repertoire they can totally deliver the goods, as their jaw dropping recording of the astonishing Witold Lutoslawki String Quartet will amply attest. I purchased this set of the Shostakovich quartets to maybe get another angle on these sad and beautiful works than that provided by my much beloved Fitzwilliam set, Shostakovich: The String Quartets. This was part of preparation for an essay on old Dmitry's quartets I had to write for an Open University course. And anyway, they were going cheap, so what was there to lose. But for exigencies of shelf space alone perhaps I should not have bothered. There's no denying that the Brodskys make an impressive job of the energetic and assertive parts of these works. But when it comes to the more introspective parts, which is of course their very essence, their playing is cold, mechanical, and betrays a lack of empathy that is almost chilling. What's more to say? The Fitzwilliam's are the set you need, and these are no substitute.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kiwizzarrd on 13 July 2009
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These performances were recorded at Teldec Studio Berlin & whilst I have no grumbles about the playing itself (which is excellent), I find the dryness & lack of bloom around the string sound makes it very hard for me to want to come back to these recordings.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Top-shelf interpretations 18 Feb. 2008
By PH-50-NC - Published on Amazon.com
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The Brodsky Quartet recorded this set shortly after performing the complete cycle in a series of London concerts around 1989, and their familiarity with (and passion for) the music show.

Of the complete quartets CD sets I'm familiar with (2nd Borodin set, Fitzwilliam, Emerson, and this set), the Brodsky performances are probably closest in interpretation to the Fitzwilliam. That is to say, they don't shy away from the drama of the music or speed through it, and they are technically accomplished, turning in tight and nimble performances.

The Brodsky Quartet is the most rhythmically exciting of the ensembles I've heard play this music. The staccatos here are the liveliest, and where Shostakovich uses rhythms borrowed from popular music styles, the Brodsky's handle these rhythms with panache. Their other great strengths are 1.) their handling of the operatic moments (such as the second movement of the second quartet, "Recitative And Romance: Adagio"), and 2.) their overall sense of dynamics. Shostakovich is nothing if not varied in this music, which can go from lullaby-sweet melodies to intense polyphonic and polyrhymic angst-ridden climaxes in a matter of a few measures. This last point is a matter of taste, of course. Listeners who prefer the Emerson set seem to value the more consistent approach taken by that ensemble. The 8th quartet, one of the peaks of this cycle, is very strong here, as it's dark drama showcases the Broksky's strengths.

Sonically, the balances are as good as the Fitzwilliam set, though the Fitzwilliam Quartet's tone is unmatched in richness from top to bottom (at times sounding like a minature symphony orchestra). The Brodsky Quartet has a slightly thinner sound than the Fitzwilliam, a sound very comparable to that of the Borodin in their second recording of this music. But this is not to say that the sound here gets in the way of the enjoyment, and in truth it's as good or better than the rest of the competition.

If I could have only one set, I'd probably choose this set, though I'd miss the Fitzwilliam performances, some of which surpass individual quartets here. This music is so wide-ranging that the situation is a little like the role of Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata--no one artist can do everything perfectly and turn in a truly definitive performance. The Emerson Quartet, for example, can do the neo-classical moments in the music like no one else, and a couple of their individual quartet performances have won me over (though their set overall is my least favorite).

Nice that WEA finally issued this as a mid-price set so that more people might sample it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Brodsky Quartet’s good Shostakovich traversal 25 Aug. 2014
By jt52 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a solidly-played complete set of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 15 quartets from the Brodsky Quartet, a UK ensemble that recorded for Teldec over a number of years. The Shostakovich quartets I have been pleased to discover have elicited a number of outstanding releases, a field which I’d describe as exceptionally strong. Examples include the older Borodin Quartet cycle, which remains very good, as well as an excellent 2-CD set this long-time group did for Virgin circa 1990. The recordings from the St. Petersburg Quartet (quartets 5,7,9) and another younger UK ensemble, the Sorrel Quartet (quartets 6, 7, 10), are also exceptional examples of modern chamber music playing. I found that these abovementioned recordings outdo what is generally a good but not outstanding set from the Emerson Quartet, probably the best known cycle. I haven’t heard the Fitzwilliam Quartet’s cycle but, based on my experience with them in other repertory, can’t imagine they could keep up with these other recordings.

So where does this leave the Brodsky version? It’s a bit less successful than the Emerson set but still a good and successful set of performances. The Brodsky is before all else technically excellent and they create some nice interpretational touches. I particularly enjoyed their vibrant, cohesive account of the 6th quartet (1956). The ensemble takes the whole quartet exceptionally fast, which allows them to fashion an incredibly tight opening Allegretto into a thrilling performance. The awesome scherzo is also pulled together by the rapid tempo. The section towards the end of the Allegretto where the main theme is presented pizzicato by the cello while accompanied by other strings is spellbinding. All in all, a powerful and original interpretation.

I also liked their work in the later quartets, written in Shostakovich’s last decade, when he was experimenting with atonality and twelve-tone writing. Their playing of the 12th quartet (1968) for example is successful, well-done and evocative. I also enjoyed the 1st quartet (1938), an interpretation which held up as sensitive and well conceived as I compared it to other performances.

But the Brodsky Quartet has a tendency to slip into perfectly-executed and streamlined playing that shears Shostakovich of some of his emotional intensity and glosses over the opportunities for timbral effects so well exploited by the Sorrel and St. Petersburg Quartet releases. It’s a tendency I also heard in the Brodsky’s good but not exceptional Teldec release of the Borodin and Tchaikovsky 2nd quartets, by the way. This is heard in their version of the long 15th quartet, which is sensitively done but can be infused with more intensity and, in a piece that forms a sort of farewell, sadness.

The Brodsky Shostakovich cycle was apparently the first done in digital sound and you can tell that the technology had not yet been mastered, even by Teldec, a label with a well-deserved reputation for excellent engineering. This disc sounds good in the lower registers but is a bit harsh in the upper. This is a worthwhile if not perfect effort from the Brodsky. 4 stars.
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DSCH SQs: The Brodsky Hold Up Very Well After All These Modern Cycles, More Fire Than Most 12 Mar. 2015
By 21st Century Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always liked the Brodsky. They always do SOMETHING different, here and there, and they also aren't afraid to let thing rip. The Teldec sound is first class as is to be expected, but isn't perfect for every work (13 could always use a little more auditorium- even though, the Brodsky's 13 is one of the best, imo).

They may be my first choice in No.6, have an extremely competitive 7-8 combo, have a searing 11 and 13, a slightly reticent 14, and nice versions of 2-3.

I fault them somewhat in No.5; they take the 1st of No.1 too slow and draggy; their 12 lopes a bit.

Frankly, I would pick them over a host of rivals- even if they get something wrong, they are useful for instruction. And, the DDD presentation makes them easy to listen to. I think they put a lot into their cycle, and it shows.

BOTTOM LINE: Regardless of any consideration, the Brodsky are a viable choice as a first pick. They are also very valuable in comparisons. They are by no means an "Only" choice, but, with so many "kinder, gentler" cycles now on the market, here's a digital cycle with searing passion and crisp sound.

VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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