The Soviet Experience, Volume 3
Cedille Records CDR 90000 138 (2 CDs)
Shostakovich: String Quartet #10 in A-flat major, Op 118 (24:52)
The Pacifica Quartet is back with the highly anticipated third installment of their acclaimed “Soviet Experience” series. This release focuses on Shostakovich’s string quartets of the 1960s, Nos. 9-12. Ranging from a balanced neoclassical form to an unpredictable riot of tonal and atonal themes, these quartets rank among the finest of Shostakovich’s later works. The String Quartet No. 6 of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Shostakovich’s friend and colleague, provides another vantage point to view this period in Soviet history.