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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 5-8 / MYASKOVSKY, N.: String Quartet No. 13 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 1) (Pacifica Quartet)

Composer(s):Myaskovsky, NikolayShostakovich, Dmitry
Artist(s) Pacifica Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue CDR90000-127
Label Cedille
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Vivien Schweitzer,The New York Times,November 2011

25 Records of 2011

The excellent Pacifica Quartet, which has demonstrated its empathy with Shostakovich’s music in recent concert performances, offers electrifying interpretations of his Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Quartets. The group conveys every shade of Shostakovich’s extreme emotional palette in a set—Volume 1 of a series called “The Soviet Experience”—that also includes a stirring rendition of Miaskovsky’s String Quartet No. 13 in A minor. See complete list

Review By David Hurwitz,,October 2011

These performances, every bit as fine as those, would be excellent by themselves, but they do risk getting lost in the discographic shuffle. So it was an inspired idea to pair them with other important works in the same medium by Shostakovich’s contemporaries. I’m not sure if this adds up to a “Soviet Experience,” whatever that is, but it does make for some great listening.


Review By John J. Puccio,Classical Candor,October 2011

…Pacifica players perform with enthusiasm, passion, grace, precision, and, above all, virtuosity. …No. 8 is probably the most recognizable, the most personal, and the most tragic. The Pacifica players give it an ardent, heartfelt interpretation. …the sonics are exceptionally smooth and natural. There is a clear separation of instruments without pinning each to the wall for minute examination…the effect is fairly effective in terms of midrange transparency, with a touch of hall ambience for added realism. I like it.


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