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Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 4, 8 & 11
Dmitri Shostakovich

Carducci String Quartet

Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 4, 8 & 11

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212041826
Catnr: SIGCD 418
Release date: 10 April 2015
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Signum Classics
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0635212041826
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SIGCD 418
Release date
10 April 2015
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About the album

Described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality″, the Carducci Quartet is recognized as one of today’s most successful string quartets. Performing over 90 concerts worldwide each year, the quartet’s upcoming performances of the complete Shostakovich quartets on various concert stages worldwide coincides with this CD, their second Signum release, featuring the composer’s 4th, 8th and 11th quartets.
De start van het Sjostakovitsjproject van het Carducci Quartet
De vijftien strijkkwartetten van Sjostakovitsj zijn gezamenlijk een mijlpaal van het moderne strijkkwartetrepertoire. Het Achtste Strijkkwartet wordt in het bijzonder erkend als een krachtig meesterwerk dat regelmatig wordt uitgevoerd en opgenomen.

Sjostakovitsj componeerde zijn Vierde Strijkkwartet in 1949. Gelet op de partituur lijkt het een relatief eenvoudig en duidelijk werk, maar de toenemende dissonanten in het eerste deel geven aan dat de componist opzettelijke eenvoud niet in orde vond. Hij bewaarde het kwartet in een la, en wachtte op een gunstiger tijd voor het uitvoeren van meer uitdagende en individuele werken.

Het Elfde Strijkkwartet uit 1966 is een van de eerste werken van Sjostakovitsj die verwijzen naar zijn toenemende obsessie met sterfelijkheid en dood. Het is een gedenkteken voor de in 1965 overleden Vasily Shirinsky, tweede violist van het Beethoven Quartet. Het kwartet in f klein, een toonsoort die al vaker met de dood werd geassocieerd, bestaat uit zeven korte delen die de verschillende kenmerken van Shirinsky’s speelstijl weerspiegelen.

Het Carducci Quartet wordt erkend als een van de meest succesvolle strijkkwartetten van vandaag de dag. Dit album kondigt de start van hun Sjostakovitsjproject aan, waarvoor ze zijn volledige cyclus met strijkkwartetten uitvoeren in steden als Washington DC, Londen, Oxford en Bogota om het 40e sterfjaar van de componist te herdenken.

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Carducci String Quartet

Described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality”, the award-winning Carducci Quartet is internationally acclaimed as one of the most accomplished and versatile ensembles of today. As well as performing the core repertoire, the quartet presents a selection of new works each season and diversifies further with programmes of film music, pop, folk and rock, as well as concerts of music and spoken word. Founded in 1997, the ensemble was a prize winner at numerous international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition. The Carducci Quartet appears at prestigious venues across the globe including the Barbican,...
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Described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality”, the award-winning Carducci Quartet is internationally acclaimed as one of the most accomplished and versatile ensembles of today. As well as performing the core repertoire, the quartet presents a selection of new works each season and diversifies further with programmes of film music, pop, folk and rock, as well as concerts of music and spoken word. Founded in 1997, the ensemble was a prize winner at numerous international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition.

The Carducci Quartet appears at prestigious venues across the globe including the Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; The Frick Collection and Carnegie Hall, New York; Library of Congress and John. F Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.; St Lawrence Center for the Arts, Toronto; Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent; and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Festival residencies include Cheltenham, Ryedale, Lichfield, Presteigne, Kilkenny, Canterbury, Snape Proms, and West Cork.

Recent highlights include a televised performance at the BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall) with Voces8, a collaboration with Roderick Williams to close the Aldeburgh Festival, and a series of concerts across the UK with jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth.

In 2016, they took home a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for their project, Shostakovich15, an immense cycle of Shostakovich’s Quartets performed across the UK, North, and South America with a marathon one-day cycle hosted by Shakespeare’s Globe, London. The project was accompanied by a recording of the 4th, 8th, and 11th Quartets to which they added a further volume in Spring 2019 of the 1st, 2nd, and 7th Quartets, acclaimed by Gramophone Magazine for its “…athletic, upfront performances, clear in texture, forthright in tone and bold in articulation". The Carduccis return to Shostakovich regularly with recent cycles at the Barbican and Wigmore Hall in London, and at the Kilkenny and Canterbury Festivals.

In 2015 they also curated projects around Philip Glass and Steve Reich as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award winning ‘Minimalism Unwrapped’ at Kings Place in London. Their recording of the Philip Glass Quartets, has reached over 13 million plays on Spotify.

Education work is an important element of the Carducci Quartet’s work, earning them a place on the Royal Philharmonic Society Award shortlist for their family concert ‘Getting the Quartet Bug!’. The Carducci Music Trust was set up to support their work in schools and with young musicians. They also perform a number of school concerts each year supported by the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.


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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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