Shostakovich String Quartets 7–13

CD album cover 'Shostakovich String Quartets 7–13' (GEN 23826) with Asasello-Quartett

GEN 23826 EAN: 4260036258264

3.11.2023 24.90 €

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Finally, a Shostakovich CD by the Asasello-Quartett! The internationally successful and award-winning ensemble has long been intensively engaged with the 15 works of the great Russian composer and is now embarking on a complete recording. The new GENUIN release of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartets Nos. 7–13 now kicks off the series. According to the booklet for the production, “Love, death and dearest people – these are the themes of the works heard on this double CD.” And the Asasello-Quartett spans the breadth of interpretation just as broadly as the variety of themes outlined here: with poignancy, elegance, and virtuosity – a whole world of its own!

MusicWeb International
The album has been chosen by MusicWeb International as Recording of the month in January 2024.

Clic Musique
"The quartet expresses all the genius of these pieces with biting, heartbreaking, desperate, wild and savage sounds with a wonderful clarity." Review by Gérard Martin

Fono Forum
"Motifs and textures are dissected with a scalpel as if under a microscope, to the delight of the analyst, linear structures are really played independently, chord clusters are taken cluster-like." Review by Michael Kube, 2/2024 issue

MusicWeb International
"The playing is genuinely exceptional in technical, expressive and musical terms. The technical recording too is very fine." Review by Nick Barnard, January 22, 2024

Pizzicato
"The four musicians open their complete recording with the middle quartets. In doing so, they enter into a very personal cosmos of the composer. [...] They succeed in exploring the breadth of compositional means of expression to their limits.." Review by Uwe Krusch, November 7, 2023

Asasello-Quartett Violin, Viola, Cello

link to PDF booklet


Finally, a Shostakovich CD by the Asasello-Quartett! The internationally successful and award-winning ensemble has long been intensively engaged with the 15 works of the great Russian composer and is now embarking on a complete recording. The new GENUIN release of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartets Nos. 7–13 now kicks off the series. According to the booklet for the production, “Love, death and dearest people – these are the themes of the works heard on this double CD.” And the Asasello-Quartett spans the breadth of interpretation just as broadly as the variety of themes outlined here: with poignancy, elegance, and virtuosity – a whole world of its own!

MusicWeb International
The album has been chosen by MusicWeb International as Recording of the month in January 2024.

Clic Musique
"The quartet expresses all the genius of these pieces with biting, heartbreaking, desperate, wild and savage sounds with a wonderful clarity." Review by Gérard Martin

Fono Forum
"Motifs and textures are dissected with a scalpel as if under a microscope, to the delight of the analyst, linear structures are really played independently, chord clusters are taken cluster-like." Review by Michael Kube, 2/2024 issue

MusicWeb International
"The playing is genuinely exceptional in technical, expressive and musical terms. The technical recording too is very fine." Review by Nick Barnard, January 22, 2024

Pizzicato
"The four musicians open their complete recording with the middle quartets. In doing so, they enter into a very personal cosmos of the composer. [...] They succeed in exploring the breadth of compositional means of expression to their limits.." Review by Uwe Krusch, November 7, 2023

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  1. CD1 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (1906–1957)
    String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108
    I. Allegretto (attacca)
  2. II. Lento (attacca)
  3. III. Allegro – Allegretto
  4. CD1 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich
    String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
    I. Largo (attacca)
  5. II. Allegro molto (attacca)
  6. III. Allegretto (attacca)
  7. IV. Largo (attacca)
  8. V. Largo
  9. CD1 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich
    String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 117
    I. Moderato con moto (attacca)
  10. II. Adagio (attacca)
  11. III. Allegretto (attacca)
  12. IV. Adagio (attacca)
  13. V. Allegro
  14. CD1 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich
    String Quartet No. 10 in A-flat major, Op. 118
    I. Andante
  15. II. Allegretto furioso
  16. III. Adagio (attacca)
  17. IV. Allegretto – Andante
  18. CD2 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich
    Unfinished String Quartet (Pre-9th)
    Allegretto
  19. CD2 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich
    String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122
    I. Introduction: Andantino (attacca)
  20. II. Scherzo: Allegretto (attacca)
  21. III. Recitative: Adagio (attacca)
  22. IV. Etude: Allegro (attacca)
  23. V. Humoresque: Allegro (attacca)
  24. VI. Elegy: Adagio (attacca)
  25. VII. Finale: Moderato – Meno mosso – Moderato
  26. CD2 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich
    String Quartet No. 12 in D-flat major, Op. 133
    I. Moderato – Allegretto – Moderato – Allegretto – Moderato
  27. II. Allegretto – Adagio – Moderato – Adagio – Moderato – Allegretto
  28. CD2 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich
    String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat minor, Op. 138
    I. Adagio – Doppio movimento – Tempo primo
  29. CD2 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich
    String Quartet No. 13. Fragment, First Version (Manuscript A)
    Allegretto

link to PDF booklet


Finally, a Shostakovich CD by the Asasello-Quartett! The internationally successful and award-winning ensemble has long been intensively engaged with the 15 works of the great Russian composer and is now embarking on a complete recording. The new GENUIN release of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartets Nos. 7–13 now kicks off the series. According to the booklet for the production, “Love, death and dearest people – these are the themes of the works heard on this double CD.” And the Asasello-Quartett spans the breadth of interpretation just as broadly as the variety of themes outlined here: with poignancy, elegance, and virtuosity – a whole world of its own!

MusicWeb International
The album has been chosen by MusicWeb International as Recording of the month in January 2024.

Clic Musique
"The quartet expresses all the genius of these pieces with biting, heartbreaking, desperate, wild and savage sounds with a wonderful clarity." Review by Gérard Martin

Fono Forum
"Motifs and textures are dissected with a scalpel as if under a microscope, to the delight of the analyst, linear structures are really played independently, chord clusters are taken cluster-like." Review by Michael Kube, 2/2024 issue

MusicWeb International
"The playing is genuinely exceptional in technical, expressive and musical terms. The technical recording too is very fine." Review by Nick Barnard, January 22, 2024

Pizzicato
"The four musicians open their complete recording with the middle quartets. In doing so, they enter into a very personal cosmos of the composer. [...] They succeed in exploring the breadth of compositional means of expression to their limits.." Review by Uwe Krusch, November 7, 2023