Sunday, March 26, 2006

Shostakovich Quartets Two and Three


These string quartets, written within two years of each other (1944 and 1946), are amazing examples of Shostakovich (Right, not to be confused with Harry Potter) in his prime. He was churning out amazing works like the piano trio around this time, and sadly, these early quartets are underappreciated, but in many ways, they are equals to his eighth and tenth. The quartets can be seen as reflections on World War II. The second movement of the second quartet is especially mournful and powerful; the long droning chords of the lower strings remind me of the chilling third movement of Bela Bartok's fourth quartet.

Fitzwilliam Quartet- Shostakovich String Quartets 2 and 3
*Note- the last movement of the second quartet sounds a little weird, with a few pops and scratches here and there; my computer didn't rip the CD properly. I'll get a good version of that movement up soon.

5 Comments:

At March 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about the rest of the shostakovich quartets like you promised?

 
At March 26, 2006, Blogger Sam said...

Soon. Probably by April. But I'm stretching all fifteen out over the whole year, so have patience.

 
At March 26, 2006, Anonymous matt said...

Thanks for the great posts, guys! I'm catching up on my listening right now, so I can cast at least a minimally informed vote...

 
At March 28, 2006, Blogger marxbert said...

looks like it is a 3-way tie between tchaikovsky, wagner, and liszt....

considering the amount i have by tchaikovsky, i'd be surprised to find anything new--but i would be happy if he "won". tchaikovsky's ballet music--particularly Sleeping Beauty--cannot be beat. i have at least 4 versions of that ballet, and usually 2 or 3 others of the rest. (if tchaikovsky wins out, i hope you'll consider posting Russian versions of most the famous works over British or American conductors--if you need help, you can figure out how to reach me)

i think i'll go with the liszt. i'd be interested in seeing what pops up.

 
At March 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dmitri, Dmitri,
we love you completely!
Thanks again, Masterfaders.

 

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