Complete Recording of the Shostakovich Quartets by the Mandelring Quartet

Shostakovish CD - Complete String Quartet Vol. 1

The late string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich were written during a period in which the composer did indeed think of composing a cycle of 24 quartets. He completed 15 string quartets, of which the Mandelring Quartet has now completed excellent recordings. The writing of the 12th Quartet in D-flat major, Op. 133, for example, is marked by a bony austerity in its sound. Polyphonic religious exercises create large expansions of time; one thinks of Bach, but at once spot Shostakovich also dares a reference Leos Janácek. The Mandelring Quartet wonderfully stages the probing repetitions of the D-major ending.

Dmitri Shostakovich:
String Quartets Nos. 1 to 15 in five CDs
Mandelring Quartet
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