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CHAN 10398
(multiple CD Set)

Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets/ Piano Quintet

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2006


Artists:

Sorrel Quartet



Venue:

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk


Potton Hall Studio, Westleton, Suffolk



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


Matthew Walker

(Assistant: Nos 2, 14)

Christopher Brooke

(Assistant: Nos 8, 9, 13)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

String Quartet


Chamber

Total Time - 428:52
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DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH

(1906-1975)
   
 

String Quartet No. 7, Op. 108

13:42  
  in F sharp minor - in fis-Moll - en fa dièse mineur  
1 I Allegretto - 3:39
2 II Lento - 3:56
3 III Allegro - Allegretto 6:08
   
 

String Quartet No. 6, OP. 101

27:12  
  in G major - in G-Dur - en sol majeur  
4 I Allegretto 7:15
5 II Moderato con moto 5:13
6 Lento - 6:33
7 IV Lento - Allegretto - Andante 7:59
   
 

String Quartet No. 10, Op. 118

27:08  
  in A flat major - in As-Dur - en la bémol majeur  
8 I Andante 5:14
9 II Allegretto furioso 4:08
10 III Adagio - 7:39
11 IV Allegretto 9:58
   
 

String Quartet No. 4, Op. 83

24:49  
  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
12 I Allegretto 3:55
13 II Andantino 7:18
14 III Allegretto - 4:27
15 IV Allegretto 9:01
   
 

String Quartet No. 11, Op. 122

18:42  
  in F minor - in f-Moll - en fa mineur  
16 I Introduction. Andantino - 2:24
17 II Scherzo. Allegretto - 3:17
18 III Recitative. Adagio - 1:43
19 IV Etude. Allegro - 1:18
20 V Humoresque. Allegro - 1:01
21 VI Elegie. Adagio - 5:19
22 VII Finale. Moderato 3:38
   
 

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 73

35:02  
  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur  
23 I Allegretto 7:17
24 II Moderato con moto 5:53
25 III Allegro non troppo 4:14
26 IV Adagio - 6:39
27 V Moderato 10:52
   
 

String Quartet No. 9, Op. 117

27:20  
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
28 I Moderato con moto - 4:20
29 II Adagio - 5:36
30 III Allegretto - 3:52
31 IV Adagio - 4:13
32 V Allegro 9:18
   
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String Quartet No. 13, Op. 138

20:07
  in B flat minor - in b-Moll - en si bémol mineur  
  Adagio - Doppio movimento - Tempo primo  
 

String Quartet No. 8, Op. 110

24:46  
  in C minor - in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
34 I Largo - 5:42
35 II Allegro molto - 2:39
36 III Allegretto - 4:39
37 IV Largo - 7:07
38 V Largo 4:39
   
 

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 68

37:49  
  in A major - in A-Dur - en la majeur  
39 I Overture. Moderato con moto 8:43
40 II Recitative and Romance: Adagio 11:15
41 III Waltz. Allegro 5:31
42 IV Theme with Variations. Adagio - Moderato con moto - 12:19
   
 

String Quartet No. 14, Op. 142

27:31  
  in F sharp major - in Fis-Dur - en fa dièse majeur  
43 I Allegretto 8:44
44 II Adagio 10:09
45 III Allegretto - Poco meno mosso - A tempo - Adagio 8:38
   
 

String Quartet No. 5, Op. 92

31:33  
  in B flat major - in B-Dur - en si bémol majeur  
46 I Allegro non troppo - 11:32
47 II Andante - Andantino - 8:53
48 III Moderato - Allegretto - Andante 11:08
   
 

String Quartet No. 15, Op. 144

37:06  
  in E flat minor - in es-Moll - en mi bémol mineur  
49 I Elegy. Adagio - 11:15
50 II Serenade. Adagio - 5:05
51 III Intermezzo. Adagio - 1:47
52 IV Nocturne. Adagio - 5:05
53 V Funeral March. Adagio molto - 6:08
54 VI Epilogue. Adagio - Adagio molto 7:46
   
 

String Quartet No. 1, Op. 49

14:53  
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
55 I Moderato 4:31
56 II Moderato 4:45
57 III Allegro molto 2:17
58 IV Allegro 3:19
   
 

String Quartet No. 12, Op. 133

29:00  
  in D flat major - in Des-Dur - en ré bémol majeur  
59 I Moderato 7:41
60 II Allegretto - Adagio - Allegretto 21:19
   
 

Piano Quintet, Op. 57

32:52  
  in G minor - in g-Moll - en sol mineur  
61 I Prelude. Lento - 4:46
62 II Fugue. Adagio 11:01
63 III Scherzo. Allegretto 3:19
64 IV Intermezzo. Lento - 6:22
65 V Finale. Allegretto 7:24
  Martin Roscoe piano  
   
  Gina McCormach violin  
  Catherine Yates violin  
  Vicci Wardman viola (Nos 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 & 11)  
  Sarah-Jane Bradley viola  
  Helen Thatcher cello  
  23-26 February 1998 (Nos 6, 7, 10), 29 September-1 October 1998 (Nos 3, 4, 11)  
  28-30 March 2001 (Nos 8, 9, 13), 6-8 May 2003 (Nos 1, 2, 14), 15-17 January 2004 (Nos 5, 15), 10-12 January 2005 (No. 12, Piano Quintet)  
Chandos releases the box set of the immensely popular Sorrel Quartet’s exciting series of Shostakovich’s complete string quartets.

This proved a very popular series and is now available at bargain price for the first time!

Completing the 2006 commemorative releases of Shostakovich’s 100th anniversary, Chandos is delighted to announce the complete Shostakovich String Quartet cycle performed by Sorrel Quartet. This is highly attractive box set is available at bargain price for the first time.

The Sorrel Quartet is recognised as one of the finest British quartets of today and the Shostakovich quartets are works with which they have built up a strong association and empathy. The quartet was coached by Rostislav Dubinsky shortly before his death. As a member of the Borodin Trio, Dubinsky made the first-ever recordings of the complete quartets, in the presence of Shostakovich himself – the ultimate seal of approval!
The individual volumes were well received by the critics and public alike, and at this price the box set promises to be even more popular.

These interpretations have a cumulative intensity that draws one into the composer’s confessional world.
The Daily Telegraph on Vol.2

The Sorrel Quartet barrels into these knotty, deeply personal works with a fervour that is exhilarating for its sheer intensity and tenacity. Forget about rounding off the spiky edges; these interpretations are all about fearlessly laying bare the deep psychic trauma of Shostakovich’s most personal works. Fast movements are REALLY fast and manic, vicious, slashing, and sometimes are dark, brooding, and agonising. But these are hardly two-dimensional performances. The Sorrel players bring out the wry humour, parodic sarcasm, and moments of pure, unclouded lyricism that are also major components of these works. Their interpretations are kaleidoscopes of the composer’s many voices, raw and grating, wheedling and oily, anguished, exhausted and emotionally spent.
American Record Guide

‘… I am more than ever convinced that the Sorrel members are creating something special. In the face of stiff competition, their dramatic, detailed interpretations stand out – conscientious and convincing, firmly supported by secure, sometimes startling technical ability, appropriate tonal qualities and a powerful ensemble sensibility.’
Fanfare

Another strong instalment in the Sorrels’ series produces a rewarding experience.
Gramophone on Vol 4

Chandos has boxed the Sorrel Quartet’s recordings of these works, plus the Piano Quintet with martin Roscoe and in some respects these readings are more convincing than the Emerson’s. Please don’t misunderstand me when I say there is an element of roughness in the Sorrel’s playing, for it is not at all inappropriate – indeed, it is positively to be welcomed at times, especially in the astounding masterpiece which is the Ninth Quartet, wherein the character of the music almost seems to burst the bounds of what a string quartet can be capable. Where necessary, the Sorrel’s fearless attack is admirable, taking the listener with them, and their sensitivity and deep musicality cover the emotional range of these works splendidly. The sound throughout is the best of all these issues.
International Record Review




*****
I saw them perform a Shostakovich string quartet and bought all their Shostakovich recordings. Their scores are covered with little notes on moods and pace, most of which come from having worked with a musician who worked with Shostakovich - OK, I forgot his name. Listening to the Sorrel Quartet is to be immersed in an integrated appreciation of Shostakovich's music: phrases link perfectly to bigger themes and everything works, everything has purpose. Plus, you feel like your breath will form clouds when you breathe out and you have a sudden urge to drink vodka.
K Harrison