Monumental works of 20th century music, beautifully performed. Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2006. 117 (1964), String Quartet No.10 In A Flat Major, Op.118 (1964), Allegretto (Polka) For String Quartet, Op. If you like your Shostakovich quartets smooth, suave, and very soulful, you'll probably like the Emerson Quartet's Shostakovich quartets. They give each quartet its own distinct character and bring out the set's wildly changing moods, from sardonic, often grotesque irony bordering on desperation to profound sorrow and mournful lamentation. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2005. Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2013. The Emerson's interpolation. I own the latter two and can offer a comparison. You don't want to miss this! After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Shostakovich* - Emerson String Quartet: Shostakovich* - Emerson String Quartet - String Quartets ‎ (5xCD, Album, Club) Deutsche Grammophon: 289 463 284-2: USA, Canada & … Composers have always reserved the expression of their deepest, most personal feelings for the string quartet; Beethoven comes to mind, and more recently Alban Berg, Janácek, and, of course, Shostakovich, whose 15 quartets are an opaque, frequently encoded, almost autobiographical outpouring of the public and private agony endured by the creative artist under totalitarianism. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. The liner notes are also very good and give fascinating insight into the history of the man behind these sublime compositions. What can I say? The Emerson Quartet provides endless intelligence, truth, beautiful sounds, and the experience of performing these works for many different audiences. Secondly, I thought I would enjoy an "external" interpretation of these quartets -- fresh performances of the quartets qua music with less overt "Russianness" (nothing wrong with Russianness, mind you). Emerson String Quartet & Evgeny Kissin: The New York Concert Apr-12-2019 • Mozart: Piano Quartet No. Fitzwilliam versus Ermerson -- which to choose? And the Largos are penetrating, with expressive counterpoint, weighty sonorities, and burnished colors. The Allegros are muscular, with sharp attacks, strong sforzandos, and relentless rhythms. 138, String Quartet No. In Shostakovich, I detect the smack of a bipolar temperament. The Emerson seems unable to restrain itself and too often adds too much of itself to the scores. There's a problem loading this menu right now. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Those first two cover the "Russian spirit" of the music best, according to critical consensus, and since both ensembles worked with the composer, they probably have the most credibility. Although these are the only performances of these works I have heard and I cannot compare them favorably or unfavorably to others, I think they are very good. Please try again. You’ll find everyone from Bach to B. 108, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. If, however, you like your Shostakovich quartets straight, no ice, no chaser, you'll probably not like the Emerson Quartet's Shostakovich quartets. Many critics say the Emersons often play too fast, which may be true, but i will attest to the dazzling rush are capable of giving the music. After much consideration, I chose the Emerson's performance of the cycle, but your own desires might be different. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. But don't have the time or patience for a 400-page book? It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. 144. Happy 100th birthday, Dmitri. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Personally, I think this ensemble is oozing both passion and technical gleam - can't ask for much more than that. 12 in D flat major, Op. --Edith Eisler. The Passacaglias are powerful, with massive sonorities, monumental structures, and … 92, String Quartet No. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. 1 - 13. For Shostakovich straight, try the Beethoven Quartet. This would be a bargain at almost any price, and the depth of emotional intensity that the Emerson brings to a live performance -- I saw them on a sticky evening at Ravinia in summer 2006, playing the last three quartets -- is evident in this stunning studio collection. 22, String Quartet No.11 In F Minor, Op.122 (1966), String Quartet No.12 In D Flat, Op.133 (1968), String Quartet No.13 In B Flat Minor, Op.138 (1970), String Quartet No.14 In F Sharp Major, Op.142 (1973), III: Allegretto - Poco Meno Mosso - Adagio, String Quartet No.15 In E Flat Minor, Op.144 (1974), Buy CD, Matrix / Runout (CD 1): 00289 475 740-8 01 ❋ 51707167, Matrix / Runout (CD 2): 00289 475 740-9 01 ❋ 51707170, Matrix / Runout (CD 3): 00289 475 741-0 01 ❋ 51711953, Matrix / Runout (CD 4): 00289 475 741-1 01 ❋ 51707173, Matrix / Runout (CD 5): 00289 475 741-2 01 ❋ 51707176, Matrix / Runout (CD 1, 3, 4, 5): Made in Germany by EDC C, Matrix / Runout (CD 2): Made in Germany by EDC D, Matrix / Runout (CD 1-5): [Universal logo] x4, Matrix / Runout (CD 1-5, Cat#): 475 7408/09/10/11/12, Other (Suffix catalog# - boxed in separately): D C 5. While the Borodin Quartet performances have great historical significance, I found that listening to the Emerson's version was the most direct channel to meet Shostakovich head on.