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    Hello,

    My splendid wife asked for more Shostakovich for her birthday... she loves the string quartets. Can anyone recommend a superb recording of the his string quartets, and perhaps any other thrilling recordings by Shostakovich in general?


    Thank you so much for your help and advice!!!

    Richard

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    The new soon-to-be-complete Pacifica set is said to be quite good. I like the Fitzwilliams, which is probably far too cheap for your wife's birthday! Also have the Borodins, Danels, and Rubios kicking around. Actually they're all pretty good!

    For symphonies, most anything from the new set by Petrenko. Great playing, fantastic sound.
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    Get her into some Prokofiev, as well. She'll think you're the swellest chap.

    - Neeme Jarvi symphony cycle
    - Askenazy piano conerti

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    The new soon-to-be-complete Pacifica set is said to be quite good. I like the Fitzwilliams, which is probably far too cheap for your wife's birthday! Also have the Borodins, Danels, and Rubios kicking around. Actually they're all pretty good!

    For symphonies, most anything from the new set by Petrenko. Great playing, fantastic sound.
    Ken, is that a set of his complete symphonies? I looked on Amazon tonight after reading your post and could still only find Petrenko recording scattered Shostakovich symphonies.
    Whatever floats your boat

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    Quote Originally Posted by samurai View Post
    Ken, is that a set of his complete symphonies? I looked on Amazon tonight after reading your post and could still only find Petrenko recording scattered Shostakovich symphonies.
    Negative, not a complete set yet (but everybody assumes it will be). Amazon has all he's done so far, so far as I know.

    BTW the major DSCH symphony bargain right now is the complete Barshai set, which is quite good, for nine bucks -- less than a single Petrenko CD! It's been mentioned elsewhere.

    http://www.amazon.com/Shostakovich-R...kovich+barshai
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    Hi whyrichard,

    Above all, I'd recommend the Fitzwilliams for the SQs; Yuri Bashmet and Sviatoslav Richter in the Viola Sonata; Oistrakh and Rostropovich in violin and cello concertos (if you don't mind a little coughing); and the album pairing Emil Gilels' 2nd Piano Sonata with Ormandy's 15th Symphony.

    Other works to keep an eye out for are the Preludes and Fugues for piano (Melnikov being the safest), the Piano Quintet (there's a decent recording of this one paired with the 2 piano concertos with Salonen and co.), and the 10th Symphony (probably Karajan's version).

    Most of these can be had fairly cheaply--if that's a consideration

    Hope this helps--and happy listening!

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    I concur - your wife will not be disappointed with the Fitzwilliam Shostakovich String Quartet cycle.

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    Fitzwilliam found good here too - and there´s a splendid and pleasant sound to it as well.

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    I've always found the Fitzwilliams a tad safe, very good Decca sound tho! Much prefer the Borodin's especially the earlier 1 through 13 quartet cycle now on Chandos. The only quartet the I feel really comes close are the Taneyev Quartet that was out on Melodiya years ago, most modern quartets in my ears are very technically able but often lack the non-musical musical-cues that comes from having worked and/or known the composer and his time.

    There used to be (is?) a twoofer with most of vocal music featuring top class Russian singers and the Gothenburg Symphony led by Neeme Järvi on DG that is a very good way to get a dip in that side of Shostakovich music, as are the two albums with Riccardo Chailly conducting suite from various stage works and films (on Decca).

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    The new soon-to-be-complete Pacifica set is said to be quite good.
    Now it's completed, and downloadable from the Cedille Records website at a very reasonable price: each volume (2CDs) at $7.00 (MP3) or $12.00 (Flac 24-bit)

    It's an outstanding set! I have the Fitzwilliams one and I have always liked it but imo the Cedille, for what I have heard till now, is better.

    I have just finished to listen to #4 in D. How they play the final movement "allegretto" with all those grotesque jewish-slyle motifs is simply thrilling.

    Splendid sound too.

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    The Emerson Quartet also has a good set.
    Taped live at the Aspen Festival, 1994-1999.
    Brisk!!!
    Last edited by hpowders; Jan-25-2014 at 18:32.
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    Shostakovich Complete String Quartets - Mandelring Quartett - audite 21.411.

    The Shostakovich cycle of choice.

    Highly recommended!

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    ^^^^^What are you the producer? "of choice"?
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    I highly recommend the Borodin Quartet's complete Shostakovich string quartets, plus the Piano Quintet with Richter and two pieces for string quartet. (1979 Melodiya/ 1997 BMG: 6 CD 74321 40711 2) Some are live recordings, most are studio.

    This set is really good — I have heard the Fitzwilliam recordings and the Borodin is much, much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdwardBast View Post
    I highly recommend the Borodin Quartet's complete Shostakovich string quartets, plus the Piano Quintet with Richter and two pieces for string quartet. (1979 Melodiya/ 1997 BMG: 6 CD 74321 40711 2) Some are live recordings, most are studio.

    This set is really good — I have heard the Fitzwilliam recordings and the Borodin is much, much better.
    I'll concur with this recommendation.

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