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The String Quartets Vol 3

Rubio String Quartet

The String Quartets Vol 3

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Globe
UPC: 8711525518100
Catnr: GLO 5181
Release date: 19 August 2002
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Globe
UPC
8711525518100
Catalogue number
GLO 5181
Release date
19 August 2002
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About the album

Volume 3 uit een serie met alle strijkkwartetten van Sjostakovitsj
Dit is het derde volume in een serie met alle strijkkwartetten van Dmitri Sjostakovitsj, uitgevoerd door het briljante Rubio Kwartet uit België.

De kwartetten op dit volume zijn gecomponeerd in respectievelijk 1960, 1964 en 1968. Sjostakovitsj schreef zijn Zevende Strijkkwartet ter nagedachtenis aan zijn eerste vrouw, die in december 1954 overleed aan een ongeneeslijke ziekte die was veroorzaakt door straling. Het is daarnaast zijn meest beknopte strijkkwartet. Het Negende Strijkkwartet wijst al vooruit naar zijn latere bezigheid met stilte en extreem langzame muziek, die in het laatste kwartet op dit album gevonden kan worden: het Twaalfde Strijkkwartet, waarin hij op dogmatische wijze de eenvoud verheft.

Het Rubio Kwartet werd in maart 1991 opgericht door vier onmetelijk begaafde musici. Na een intense periode van voorbereiding maakten ze hun officiële debuut in het begin van 1993. Ze werden al snel geprezen om hun kunstzinnigheid, enthousiasme en toewijding.

Composer(s)

Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death). A polystylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works. His music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the...
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Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.
Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death).
A polystylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works. His music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the neo-classical style pioneered by Igor Stravinsky, and (especially in his symphonies) by the late Romanticism associated with Gustav Mahler.
Shostakovich's orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His chamber output includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two piano trios, and two pieces for string octet. His solo piano works include two sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include three operas, several song cycles, ballets, and a substantial quantity of film music; especially well known is The Second Waltz, Op. 99, music to the film The First Echelon (1955–1956), as well as the suites of music composed for The Gadfly.

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