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Complete String Quartets

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Audio CD, Box set, Import, 26 September 2014
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  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.4 x 13 x 4.29 cm; 496.12 Grams
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ CEDILLE RECORDS
  • Manufacturer reference ‏ : ‎ unknown
  • Original Release Date ‏ : ‎ 2014
  • Label ‏ : ‎ CEDILLE RECORDS
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00M3ECNDI
  • Country of origin ‏ : ‎ USA
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 8
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 20 ratings

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The Pacifica Quartet's acclaimed survey of Dmitri Shostakovich's complete string quartets, The Soviet Experience, has been praised as "forceful, intimate, and consummately recorded" (Positive Feedback). Now, record collectors have more reason than ever to acquire this exceptional series in its entirety with the release of this value-priced boxed set offering all four volumes (each a 2-CD set) for the price of two CDs.The Soviet Experience has been lauded as unique among Shostakovich quartet cycles for including quartets by some the composer's most significant Soviet-era contemporaries: Nikolai Miaskovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, and Alfred Schnittke.Every installment of The Soviet Experience has garnered praise in the U.S. and internationally. Reviewing Volume I, The New York Times said, "The excellent Pacifica Quartet . . . offers electrifying interpretations." Assessing Volume II, The Classical Review wrote, "the Pacifica's Shostakovich cycle already is shaping up as definitive, even in a field stocked with . . . formidable Russian contenders." BBC Music Magazine's review of Volume III said the series "is turning out to be one of the most riveting of recent years. . . . Pacifica's Shostakovich cycle is already shaping up as definitive."


"The Soviet Experience," offered by the Pacifica Quartet, is well worth submitting to, capping this passionate ensemble's journey through the harrowing, exhilarating, brash, heroic and wistful string quartet music by Shostakovich and gems by his contemporaries, including rarely performed composers like Miaskovsky and Weinberg."
--Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times

"Without exception and across the board, the Pacifica Quartet earned high marks and unstinting praise for one of the finest Shostakovich cycles on record. In my opinion, the Pacifica's readings of the quartets struck the perfect balance between the intensely analytical approach of the Emerson Quartet and the profound humanity of the Fitzwilliam Quartet." --Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2015

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente integral moderna
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