Friday, November 28, 2014

Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartets Nos. 6 * 7 * 8 - The Manhattan String Quartet - ESS.A.Y Recordings 1990

The Manhattan String Quartet's Shostakovich Quartet cycle is one of my favorites, and oh I have several thousand favorites (ok not really). The Manhattan String Quartet recordings are very crisp and present, and they are more than able to convey the requisite brutality and beauty of the 20th century's
most important String Quartets. The Manhattan Quartet was able to gain advice from members of the Borodin Quartet, so they have rich connections to the very source of this music. And it shows brilliantly I think. The ubiquitous 8th Quartet is indeed almost perfect here. Enjoy..

String Quartet # 6 in G, op. 101 (1956)
1. Allegretto
2. Moderato Con Moto
3. Lento
4. Allegretto

String Quartet # 7 in F, op. 108 (1960)
5. Allegretto
6. Lento
7. Allegro-Allegretto

String Quartet # 8 in C op. 110 (1960)
8. Largo
9. Allegro Molto
10. Allegretto
11. Largo
12. Largo

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