Shostakovich String Quartets Nos.1, 8 & 14

Borodin Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets No 1, 8 & 14 (2015)

Borodin Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets No 1, 8 & 14 (2015)
MP3 320kbps CBR | 1 CD | 178 MB | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog Number: 4788205

The original Borodin Quartet was founded in 1945 in the Soviet Union and this release marks the Quartet’s 70th anniversary. They enjoyed a close relationship with Shostakovich, and often worked with him as a new quartet was written (and they also recorded the cycle).
Darius Milhaud - String Quartets nos. 1, 8, 10 and 11 (Quatuor Parisii) [repost]

Darius Milhaud - String Quartets nos. 1, 8, 10 and 11 (Quatuor Parisii) [repost]
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 333 Mb
Date: 2002

The Quatuor Parisii was founded in 1981 by four Paris Conservatoire students, who played Milhaud's String Quartet No 4 in 1984 and promised Milhaud's widow Madeleine then that they would record all eighteen. They went on to win many prestigious competitions, remained together and completed this project last year. The performances are as good as you could reasonably expect (a few moments show a little strain) and are well recorded…..
Gloria Coates - String Quartets Nos. 1-8 / 2 CD (2002, 2003)

Gloria Coates - String Quartets Nos. 1-8 / 2 CD (2002, 2003)
Contemporary Classical | NAXOS | 2002, 2003 | 59.02, 64:37 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Booklets | RS | 238 + 306 MB
Kreutzer Quartet • Michael Finnissy, conductor • Philip Adams, organ

Gloria Coates (b. 1938) writes gloriously expressive music that's also sometimes disorienting. That's meant as a compliment. She has fashioned a mesmerizing and unique language from hovering harmonic clouds and her signature gesture -- the glissando (sliding pitches). And in a work like the String Quartet No. 7 for strings and organ, the long downward glides mix with brazen and spooky organ chords and Charles Ives-like hymn quotes to create an alluring aural vertigo.
Doric String Quartet, Allison Bell - Brett Dean: Epitaphs; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)

Brett Dean - Epitaphs; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)
Doric String Quartet; Allison Bell, soprano; Brett Dean, viola

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10873 | Time: 01:01:50

Brett Dean is not shy about revealing what his music is ‘about’. Whether inspired by certain individuals (as in Epitaphs), or by an ecological or human disaster (as in his String Quartet No. 1, on the now all too topical plight of refugees), Dean’s works are usually – perhaps invariably – driven by extra-musical narratives. Rather than tease out any innate structural puzzles or tensions, his music typically falls into short little dramatic narratives – no movement on this disc lasts as long as eight minutes, many of them rather less than five. The most obviously successful work here is Quartet No. 2, ‘And once I played Ophelia’, effectively a dramatic scena. Its soprano soloist is no mere extra voice (as in Schoenberg’s Second Quartet) but the leading protagonist. Allison Bell’s genuinely affecting performance is backed by the Doric Quartet’s expressionist scampering and sustained harmonies, the strings occasionally coming to the fore in the manner of a Schumann-style song postlude.
Doric String Quartet & Allison Bell - Brett Dean: Epitaphs, String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)

Doric String Quartet & Allison Bell - Brett Dean: Epitaphs, String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 61:43 min | 0.97 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Chandos Records (CHAN 10873) | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2015

Australian composer and violist Brett Dean has won many prizes for his orchestral and chamber compositions, including the most renowned of them in 2009, the Grawemeyer Award. Today his works are performed all over the world and highly praised for their aplomb and power of expression as well as their ready accessibility to listeners.
Bela Bartok & Tatrai Quartet - String Quartets Nos 1-6 Divertimento (1992)

Bela Bartok & Tatrai Quartet - String Quartets Nos 1-6 Divertimento (1992)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:57:05 | 405 MB
Label: Hungaroton

The inclusion of a fine performance of the Divertimento composed just before the 6th Quartet is a welcome bonus on this set. The recordings date from 1966 (quartets) and 1964 (Divertimento, Hungarian Chamber Orchestra led by Vilmos Tátrai), and they sound very good, though dry compared with the excellent Takacs recording, which is justly regarded as one of the finest chamber music recordings yet made. Among the three I would recommend Takacs for those getting to know the music and wanting a 'best' recording performance, sound, the whole ball of wax. Otherwise, one can't go wrong with any of these (the Vegh set being a personal favorite), and the inclusion of the Divertimento makes this Tátrai recording a very attractive choice.
Dmitri Shostakovich - Mandelring Quartett - String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2006) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip}

Dmitri Shostakovich - Mandelring Quartett - String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 295 MB | Full Artwork: 84 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Audite # 92.526 | Country/Year: Germany 2006
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

"A triumphant start to what heralds to be one of the best Shostakovich quartet cycles imaginable. (…) Highly recommended." 5/5 ~sa-cd.net
Dmitri Shostakovich - Mandelring Quartett - String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2006) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Dmitri Shostakovich - Mandelring Quartett - String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,30 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,12 GB | Full Artwork
Label/Cat#: Audite # 92.526 | Country/Year: Germany 2006 | 5% Recovery Info
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

"A triumphant start to what heralds to be one of the best Shostakovich quartet cycles imaginable. (…) Highly recommended." 5/5 ~sa-cd.net
Carducci String Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets No 4, 8 & 11 (2015)

Carducci String Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets No 4, 8 & 11 (2015)
Classical | MP3 320kbps CBR | 1 CD | 143 MB
Label: Signum U.k. | Catalog Number: 418 | Rls.date: 9th Feb 2015

The Carducci Quartet launches Shostakovich15 – its project to perform all 15 of Shostakovich’s string quartets in 2015. Commemorating 40 years since Shostakovich’s death, the Carducci Quartet is performing 10 complete cycles throughout the year and releases this recording of Shostakovich’s fourth, eighth and eleventh string quartets – all landmark works in the string quartet repertoire.
Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 4 (2015) [Official Digital Download]

Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 4 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 80:10 minutes | 1,56 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Covers & Digital booklet

Founded in 2005, the Escher String Quartet is still a young ensemble as string quartets go. It has nevertheless become established as one of the most exciting quartets around, both in its home country, the U.S.A., and elsewhere, recently being shortlisted for a BBC Music Magazine Award. With their début disc on BIS, the Eschers launch a three-disc cycle of Mendelssohn's string quartets…