Dmitry Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 2, 7, 8

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Dmitry Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 A major, Op. 68

01. Ouverture. Moderato con moto
02. Recitative and Romance. Adagio
03. Waltz. Allegro
04. Theme with Variations. Adagio - Moderato con moto

Dmitry Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 F Sharp minor, Op. 108

01. Allegretto
02. Lento
03. Allegro - Allegretto

Dmitry Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 C minor, Op. 110

01. Largo
02. Allegro molto
03. Allegretto
04. Largo
05. Largo

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SU4271-2, release date 25. 10. 2019

Shostakovich – his music is a challenge each and every quartet sooner or later has to face up to. Yet when it comes to the Pavel Haas Quartet, it seems to be in their very DNA. The ensemble’s unbridled, impulsive and, now and then, frenetic energy, sense for extreme contrast, ability to bring to bear gradation from breath-taking subtlety and tenderness to symphonic drama are facets essentially incident to Shostakovich’s music. Although composed in safety, away from the horrors of World War II, String Quartet No. 2 (1944) reflects the suffering, uncertainty and anxiety of living at the time (the lyrical Recitative of the second movement, as performed by Veronika Jarůšková, the first violin). Both dating from 1960, String Quartets Nos. 7 and 8 are truly intimate confessions. While Shostakovich dedicated the former (the shortest piece of the cycle) to the memory of his first wife, he most likely intended the latter as his own epitaph, at the time when be hovered on the thin line between life and death. Attesting to the autobiographical nature of String Quartet No. 8 is the opening DSCH motif, Shostakovich’s musical signature, which reoccurs throughout the piece. The Pavel Haas Quartet surpass the abyss of time, as well as the barrier of personal physical existence, delving into the very centre of Shostakovich’s music and reflecting the full scale of emotions with airiness, as if the music were their own.

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Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81 & String Quintet Op. 97

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Bedřich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor "From My Life" & String Quartet No. 2 in D minor

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Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor „Death and the Maiden“ & String Quintet in C major

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Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet in G major, Op. 106 & String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 "American"

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Sergei Prokofiev: String Quartets Nos 1 & 2, Sonata for Two Violins

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Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata" & Pavel Haas: String Quartets Nos 1 & 3

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Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters" & Pavel Haas: String Quartet No. 2 "From the Monkey Mountains"

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