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5.0 out of 5 stars Brodsky Quartet at their best
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!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Accept no substitute
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...
Published on 27 Jan 2011 by John Ferngrove


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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Accept no substitute, 27 Jan 2011
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John Ferngrove (Hants UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shostakovich : String Quartets Nos 1 - 15 [Complete] (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brodsky Quartet at their best, 29 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Shostakovich : String Quartets Nos 1 - 15 [Complete] (Audio CD)
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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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good performances, let down by very dry sound., 13 July 2009
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This review is from: Shostakovich : String Quartets Nos 1 - 15 [Complete] (Audio CD)
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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