Shostakovich String Quartets

Simón Bolívar String Quartet - Ginastera, Dvořák & Shostakovich: String Quartets (2013)

Simón Bolívar String Quartet - Ginastera, Dvořák & Shostakovich: String Quartets
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 68:48 min | 158 MB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2013

Violinists Alejandro Carreño and Boris Suaréz, violist Ismel Campos and cellist Aimon Mata breathe new life into three gems of the string quartet repertoire, performed with the perfect balance of classical refinement and South American panache.
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.
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartets 9 - 12 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 3) (Pacifica Quartet)

Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartets 9 - 12 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 3) (Pacifica Quartet)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 2 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 639 Mb
Label:Cedille - Date:2013

There’s a great quote in Wendy Lesser’s excellent book, Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and his Fifteen Quartets, that describes the composer’s unique relationship with his quartets: “He could toy with cacophony, immerse himself in irony, indulge in all his darkest, least acceptable moods, and not be called unpatriotic, because nobody who cared about such labels [the Soviet censors] was listening to these compositions.” That’s why these works are so great: they represent the unbridled creative powers of one of the twentieth century’s great composers. This is the third of four releases ……
Robert Moon @ Audiophile Audition
Shostakovich - String Quartets 3, 7 & 8 / Borodin Quartet (1991)

Shostakovich - String Quartets 3, 7 & 8 / Borodin Quartet (1991)
EAC Rip, FLAC (tracks), cue, log, scans | RAR rec. 3% | 306 MB | filesonic, hotfile
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | Time: 1:07

The Borodin Quartet commands a special position of respect in the chamber music world. In existence for more than 60 years, it has preserved a unique performance tradition, focusing on the masterpieces at the very heart of the quartet repertoire. Its interpretations are celebrated for their intensity and focus, a style in which individualism dedicates itself to the collaborative spirit of chamber music and total service of the composer’s wishes.
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).
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartets 5 - 8 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 1) (Pacifica Quartet)

Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartets 5 - 8 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 1) (Pacifica Quartet)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 2 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 625 Mb
Label:Cedille - Date:2011

The Pacifica Quartet address the more intimate side of Dimitri Shostakovich, particularly his quartets composed in the fateful years in the Soviet Union, 1952-1960. In 1948, Shostakovich, along with Prokofiev and Miaskovsky, had been excoriated as “formalists” incapable of direct communication with “the people.” Shostakovich, however, employed the string quartet medium as means of personal expression relatively unhampered by “political correctness.”……
Gary Lemco @ Audiophile Audition
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartets (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 2) (Pacifica Quartet)

Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartets (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 2) (Pacifica Quartet)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 2 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 657 Mb
Label:Cedille - Date:2012

This is the second volume of what is presumably a series covering the complete Shostakovich string quartets along with some selected Russian miscellaneous quartets as well from the Soviet period. The Soviet Experience is a 16-month exposition of arts showcase from those who labored under the Politburo of the Soviet Union, being presented in Chicago under the auspices of the University of Chicago, starting back in 2010 and ending this year, and was inspired by the Pacifica Quartet’s plan to give all of Shostakovich’s quartets in 2010-2011, a city premiere. Cedille decided to capture some of the magic, and the results could very well be close to definitive, or at least in the top three or four……..
Steven Ritter @ Audiophile Audition
Dvorak, Borodin, Shostakovich: String Quartets [Limited Release] [SHM-CD] (2008)

Dvorak, Borodin, Shostakovich: String Quartets [Limited Release] [SHM-CD] (2008)
Unknown Rip, FLAC (tracks), no cue, no log, no scans | RAR rec. 3% | 368 MB | hotfile, sharingmatrix
Classical | Label: UMG/DECCA | Time: 60:12

Mandelring Quartet - Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets (2006-2009) (5 СD Set) REPOST

Mandelring Quartet - Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets (2006-2009) (5 СD Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image+.cue, log) | 5 CD, 05:53:34 min | Covers included | 1,41 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Audite

The Mandelring Quartet plays with unflinching resolve, sympathetic expression, incisive attacks, and penetrating tone, which are all necessary in Shostakovich's sardonic and frequently bitter language.
Dmitri Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke - String Quartets (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 4) (Pacifica Quartet)

Dmitri Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke - String Quartets (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 4) (Pacifica Quartet)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 2 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 514 Mb
Label:Cedille - Date:2013

This is the last installment of the Pacifica Quartet’s Shostakovich cycle named “The Soviet Experience” because it adds one quartet by other Russian composers (Miaskovsky, Prokofiev, Weinberg, and Schnittke) to each release. Although there are many performances of the complete Shostakovich quartets available, the Pacifica Quartet’s traversal of these masterpieces is one of the best. Their sheer brilliance of execution, the emotional depth of their interpretation and the stunning sound make this a most desirable set……
Robert Moon @ Audiophile Audition