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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 13-15 / SCHNITTKE, A.: String Quartet No. 3 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 4) (Pacifica Quartet)

Composer(s):Schnittke, AlfredShostakovich, Dmitry
Artist(s) Pacifica Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue CDR90000-145
Label Cedille
Quality   320kbps
 
 
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Review By Joe Milicia,Enjoy the Music,January 2014

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Each quartet features extended solos for one or more of the four players, and these are performed searingly by the Pacifica members.

…the Pacifica are convincing and indeed stunning in their virtuosity.

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Review By Robert Moon,Audiophile Audition,December 2013

Although there are many performances of the complete Shostakovich quartets available, the Pacifica Quartet’s traversal of these masterpieces is one of the best. Their sheer brilliance of execution, the emotional depth of their interpretation and the stunning sound make this a most desirable set.

The Pacifica Quartet plays the works on these CDs with passion and impeccable balance, plumbing the depths of the Russian soul. This is a fitting conclusion to a great set of Shostakovich Quartets and their Russian companions that reveal the essence of Soviet music in the mid and late 20th-century. © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Review By John von Rhein,Chicago Tribune,December 2013

The Best Classical Recordings of 2013

The final installment of the Pacifica Quartet’s Shostakovich string quartet cycle, containing his last three works in that form, is as much an artistic and technical triumph as the three previous releases in the series. Alfred Schnittke’s bleak Third Quartet (1983), aswirl with allusions to Shostakovich and Mahler, adds to the attractions of Cedille’s double-disc set. © 2013 Chicago Tribune








 

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