Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shostakovich's string quartets

Most composers of name starting with Haydn and Mozart have tried their hands on the string quartet genre, often seen as the most difficult and most rewarding chamber music. For complete cycles, most listeners tend to favour Beethoven's sixteen, but I prefer Shostakovich's fifteen, composed between 1938 and 1974. I was delighted to come across the linked web site, which gives details on every single one of these quartets, with a lot of additional information about the composer and his music as well. Highly recommended.

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