SHOSTAKOVICH Fragments Vol. 1. String Quartets, Piano Quintet. Roger Woodward. The Alexander String Quartet. Foghorn Classics 3cds

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Shostakovich Fragments Vol 1 String String Quartet Foghorn Classics 3Cds

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

Fragments Vol. 1

CD1

String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49 (1938)

String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68 (1944)

String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83 (1949)

CD2

String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73 (1946)

Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 (1940) with Roger Woodward

Prelude & Fugue in C Minor, Op. 87 No. 20 (1950–51) (arr: Grafilo)

CD3

String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 92 (1952)

String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101 (1956)

String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 108 (1960)

Prelude & Fugue in D-flat Major, Op. 87 No. 15 (1950–51) (arr: Grafilo)

Roger Woodward - piano

The Alexander String Quartet

Captured here on three discs is the first half of the Alexander String Quartet’s complete Shostakovich cycle: superbly recorded, and spanning roughly the period from 1937-1960. They provide detailed insights framing the music presented with expert observations yet with empathy and anecdotal detail that reflect the compassion and suffering imbedded in these riveting intrepid interpretations. The Piano Quintet with Woodward is a veritable “tour de force” while the bonus “Prelude and Fugue” transcriptions are nothing less than a revelation. “The sharpness of the contrasts come across like physical blows with the Alexander Quartet, and there is a steely edge to their sound in some sections which can be quite unsettling. There is great beauty, but no comfort in the exquisite dying moments of the conclusion.”

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