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Shostakovich: String Quartets 1-13 ~ D. Shostakovich
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I share the enthusiasm of the other reviewers in the quality of the performances; they are simply the finest available. However there is an important fact that the other reviews omit which I believe needs to be mentioned. These recordings were made by Melodiya in the 1960s and the master tapes presumably are languishing in their Moscow vaults. The present issue from Chandos are direct copies of LPs which were in the possession of the wife of the late 1st violinist Rostislav Dubinsky who did record for Chandos in his Western Career. There is no mention of this fact in the documentation that accompanies the set. Whilst Chandos have impeccable taste, I can't help feeling a bit cheated by… Read more

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