String Quartet No 2 in A major Op 68
Overture: Moderato con moto
Recitative and Romance: Adagio
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
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.