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Shostakovich Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2
Label: Hyperion
Released: March 30, 2015
Catalog Num: CDA67987

String Quartet No 2 in A major Op 68
Takács Quartet

Overture: Moderato con moto

Recitative and Romance: Adagio

Waltz: Allegro

Theme and Variations: Adagio – Moderato con moto – Allegretto – Allegro non troppo – Allegro – Adagio


Piano Quintet in G minor Op 57
Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Takács Quartet

Prelude: Lento – Poco più mosso – Lento

Fugue: Adagio

Scherzo: Allegretto

Intermezzo: Lento

Finale: Allegretto

It is hard to envisage a more enticing prospect: Shostakovich’s densely woven String Quartet No 2 and his deceptively backward-looking Piano Quintet, performed by the stellar Takács Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin, generously notated by David Fanning, and lovingly recorded by Hyperion’s Simon Eadon and Andrew Keener team. Seventy minutes of post-Revolutionary Russian ecstasy.

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