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  1. Blog
    The 3rd String Quartet (in F major, Op. 73) was composed just after World War 2 and after his 9th symphony. Shostakovich originally explained that it reflected the hardships of life in the Soviet Union during the war years. It was composed in a period of huge nervousness and volatility and he...
  2. Blog
    Composed between May 30 and July 17, 1938, Shosty's 1st quartet is fairly straightforward, considering how it came about. After finishing his 5th symphony the explained later that ".. no special idea or emotions had stimulated me to write it, and I thought the effort would fail. I wrote the...
  3. Blog
    Shostakovich's 6th quartet is altogether different from his 5th. In the four years that had elapsed since the 5th, Stalin had died, Shostakovich's wife, Nina, had unexpectedly passed away and this was followed by the death of his mother. Even more surprisingly, in 1956, Shostakovich had...
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    Not to dumb down this refined space, but, often times, when I listen to Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" or Shostakovich's string quartets, I find myself head-banging. As a big metal guy, I'm more and more devastated by "heavy," dark classical music than the genres of hardcore, power-violence...
  5. Classical Music Discussion
    I recently watched some of the Keeping Score documentaries including the one about Shostakovich’s 5th symphony. I was interested so later I looked it up and got some info on some other sites as well as this one. What I understand from the information, the west thought the finale of the 5th...
  6. Blog
    Recommended Eder Emerson Danel Rubio Debussy Mandelring St Petersburg (Hyperion) Borodin (Chandos / Decca) Even Better Brodsky 2 (Chandos) - much better than their first quite awful account. Expressive and articulately played focusing on tone more than gutteral wallop but still an...
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    Since I love both composers but never actually analyzed the pieces, I listened to Shostakovich mostly without paying too much attention and never took an actual history of music class, I was wondering, if and how Mozart influenced Shostakovich, other than Mozart's K. 465? The influence of the...
  8. Blog
    I reviewed these recordings about 6 months ago but cant find my original notes on specific recordings so you'll just have to go with gradings for now. Sorry! Recommended Mandelring Rubio Eder Moyzes Sorrel Alexander Brodsky (Teldec/Chandos) Petersen Schidlof Jerusalem Aviv Shostakovich Apollon...
  9. Blog
    I'm glad to say that constant repetive listening to this quartet has finally made it jump up my list of fave Shosty SQs. However, I'm Shostied-out so here goes. Usual disclaimer (only my views, I might change my mind, you may feel differently.....etc). Recommended (all excellent recordings)...
  10. Blog
    I have listened to a huge number of Shosty 8s this week and have been impressed at the strength and high quality of most recordings. This really has been a quartet very well served on disc. To sum up my listening here's what I think. Tbh, my conclusions, for once aren't that far off Trout's...
  11. Solo & Chamber Music
    About a month ago I ordered a copy of the Shostakovich Quartets by the Borodin Quartet (Original Members) on Chandos after reading some positive comments. In the space of a few days I listened to it back to front a number of times, ordered a copy of his Symphonies, and became well and truly...
  12. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Whose music do you prefer: Prokofiev or Shostakovich?
  13. Identifying Classical Music
    Hello everybody, I'm new here! I'm trying to find a piece of classical music which I'm 90 % sure belongs to Shostakovich. The best way I can describe it is: it's a brief piece (3 to 6 minutes). It starts out very grim and slow, maybe some wind instruments. And then, out of nowhere, a piano...
  14. Solo & Chamber Music
    I just wanted to talk about these, as I have grown quite obsessed with them of late. I have listened to very little else over the last three weeks. Particularly 3-8 and 10, all of which I have grown very fond of. If I had to pick favourites, I suppose I would go for 3, 4 and 7. I haven't yet got...
  15. Classical Music Discussion
    Which are your favorite shostakovich symphonies? Which ones are over or underrated in your opinion?
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    So right now I'm looking for string quartet pieces for an ensemble competition. I'm looking at pieces with more of an "angry" vibe. I'm thinking along the lines of Ravel 4th movement, Shosty no. 3 3rd movement kind of stuff. As of right now Shosty no. 8 2nd and 3rd movements are in the lead...
  17. Classical Music Discussion
    I'm just getting started with Shostakovich, and I'd like to see if I could get a pile of only the 'essential' stuff without just getting a Naxos best-of. Could anyone provide their opinions of the definitive work/works in each major genre (symphony, chamber, concertos, piano etc) Cheers :tiphat:
  18. Classical Music Discussion
    Hi, I'm new to this forum. I've been a classical music dilettante for years now, but I've come here today with a specific question. I'm spending the whole year learning about Russian history, Russian writers and also Russian music. I'd really love to discover some new composers but I feel the...
  19. Classical Music Discussion
    New to classical music, this sonata speaks to me. I particularly like the allegro section ~12 minutes in. I'm seeking more classical music that is of a similar sound to this section. Suggestions need not be limited to cello sonatas. Thank you in advance! :D
  20. Classical Music Discussion
    I'm about to spring for this Amazon, for the ridiculously low price of £15 or so. But can any other recent buyers tell me, am I likely to receive a nice slimline box with CDs in card cases, or an old-style fat box of jewel cases? For storage and aesthetics alike, I'd much prefer the former...
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