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The Soviet Experience, Vol. 4: String Quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich and His Contemporaries - Shostakovich: Quartets Nos. 13-15 - Schnittke: Quartet No. 3

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String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 138
Dmitry Shostakovich; Pacifica Quartet
19:15
String Quartet No. 14 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 142  
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I. Allegretto
Dmitry Shostakovich; Pacifica Quartet
8:41
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II. Adagio
Dmitry Shostakovich; Pacifica Quartet
8:43
4
III. Allegretto
Dmitry Shostakovich; Pacifica Quartet
8:18
String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144  
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I. Elegy: Adagio
Dmitry Shostakovich; Pacifica Quartet
11:39
2
II. Serenade: Adagio
Dmitry Shostakovich; Pacifica Quartet
5:49
3
III. Intermezzo: Adagio
Dmitry Shostakovich; Pacifica Quartet
1:44
4
IV. Nocturne: Adagio
Dmitry Shostakovich; Pacifica Quartet
4:27
5
V. Funeral March: Adagio molto
Dmitry Shostakovich; Pacifica Quartet
5:37
6
VI. Epilogue: Adagio
Dmitry Shostakovich; Pacifica Quartet
6:52
String Quartet No. 3  
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I. Andante
Alfred Schnittke; Pacifica Quartet
6:22
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II. Agitato
Alfred Schnittke; Pacifica Quartet
8:18
9
III. Pesante
Alfred Schnittke; Pacifica Quartet
8:20
Total Playing Time    1:44:05
"... as much an artistic and technical triumph as the three previous releases ... Schnittke's bleak Third Quartet adds to the attractions ..."
- Chicago Tribune

"... the Pacifica turns in brilliant, illuminating performances of the last three quartets, each infused with a different sense of mortality and ending ... as convincing as anything in this series, which I am sorry to see come to an end."
- The Boston Globe

This is the final installment in the Pacifica Quartet's highly praised four-volume survey of the complete Shostakovich string quartets. This volume features Shostakovich's last three string quartets, composed during the 1970s. These quartets are paired with Schnittke's allusive homage, String Quartet No. 3, a work full of quotation including a 12-tone row transposed from a theme by Shostakovich, whose influence was felt throughout Schnittke's career.
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