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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy!, 13 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Shostakovich/Barshai - Chamber Symphonies Nos 1 - 5 (Audio CD)
If you like Shostakovich's music for string quartet you'll enjoy these versions for chamber orchestra (2cd). Barshai was a friend, student and close collaborator with Shostakovich over a number of years. These transriptions were authorised by Shostakovich and have the required authority.
I find the playing faultless and, unless I'm mistaken, these are all of the transcriptions Barshai did - so a bargain for all fans of this great music! Might be a good introduction for someone who wants to explore some of Shostakovich's finest compositions but isn't so sure about the string quartet form. An absolute steal at the price quoted when I wrote this (six quid!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent transcriptions, 10 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Shostakovich/Barshai - Chamber Symphonies Nos 1 - 5 (Audio CD)
Barshai's transcriptions, approved by the composer, and interpretations add tonal depth to what can sound rather austere music. Although a recent run of recitals by the Jerusalem at the Wigmore of the quartets, prove that this compilation remains a worthwhile addition; but not an alternative to the originals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swings and Roundabouts, 25 Nov 2013
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Rudolph Barshai's orchestration of some of his quartets was sanctioned by the composer but in this recording at least you can see some gains and losses. The was animated and edgy sections lose here some of the precision of ensemble though under Barshai's excellent guidance, the more reflective sections are positively enhanced from the original quartets. Orchestrating them has helped to widen their appeal and works better in some of the quartets than others.The Eighth is so well known that it can stand alone as quartet and the light, delicate nature of the First seems better suited to that medium. The Fourth is one of his finest quartets but the orchestration adds a dimension despite it being a very restrained work. The Third echoes the Eighth Symphony and, if anything could be filled out with a bigger orchestration but with the Symphony already existing it is arguable whether it was necessary to orchestrate the quartet. Having said that, it is quite effective.

The Tenth suffers from the lack of precision in the more biting sections but it still works here. The rather dry recorded sound certainly doesn't help the ensemble in this recording but despite the gains and losses along the way, in part down to the orchestration and in part to the sound recording, these quartets are still the same fine music and are a real bargain, especially with Barshai's insights into this music.
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