The Soviet Experience Volume I

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The Soviet Experience Volume I


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Chamber Choice - January 2012



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17th Oct 2011




1 hour 57 minutes


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The Soviet Experience Volume I

String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries


String Quartet No.13 in A minor, Op. 86


String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 92

String Quartet No. 6 in G major, Op. 101

String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

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This is the first installment in the Pacifica Quartet’s highly anticipated, four-volume CD survey of the complete Shostakovich string quartets: The Soviet Experience: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries.

The Soviet Experience is the first Shostakovich quartet cycle to include works by other important composers of the Soviet era, adding variety and perspective to the listening experience.

This superbly performed series of audiophile recordings, produced and engineered by multiple Grammy Award winner Judith Sherman, will appeal to everyone interested in great Russian music of the 20th century. It’s also a great value: each two-CD installment is priced as a single CD.

Dmitry Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 92

I. Allegretto non troppo

II. Andante

III. Moderato - Allegretto

Dmitry Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101

I. Allegretto

II. Moderato con moto

III. Lento

IV. Lento - Allegretto - Andante

Dmitry Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108

I. Allegretto

II. Lento

III. Allegro - Allegretto

Dmitry Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110

I. Largo

II. Allegro molto

III. Allegretto

IV. Largo

V. Largo

Nikolay Myaskovsky: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 86

I. Moderato

II. Presto fantastico

III. Andante con moto e molto cantabile

IV. Molto vivo, energico

The Observer

16th October 2011

“Its release coincides with their electrifying performances at Wigmore Hall last week. Listen to these and you'll wish you had been there.”

Financial Times

18th November 2011


“The Pacificas play them with clairvoyant unity of purpose, combining motivic lucidity and naturalness of expression in a way that gives these often difficult masterworks a compelling logic.”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2012


“their sense of the musical argument is always impressive, shining through their objective but never over-slick approach. The Pacifica Quartet only seem to draw breath, like Shostakovich, between movements. As a result, the continuous Fifth Quartet just keeps coming at you...The Sixth Quartet has never seemed more genuinely tender, and the aphorisms of the Seventh are full of determination...Lovely, cultured musicianship throughout.”

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