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The Borodin Quartet plays Shostakovich

String quartets No. 1, 3, 7, 4, 11 and 12

Shostakovich is thirty-two when in 1938 he starts to write his first string quartet. Right in the middle of the great purges, at a time when the composer had just made amends with a Fifth Symphony which he presented as "an effort towards intelligibility and simplicity," this quartet, a sort of divertimento in the style of Haydn, is striking because of its classical structure. The third Quartet dates from 1946, just after the war, whereas the seventh was written in 1960 when the composer, already sick and weak, let himself be convinced into joining the Communist Party, under the nevertheless more clement rein of Khrushchev.

Musical Program

Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 1 in C Major
String Quartet No. 3 in F Major
String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp Minor

String Quartet No. 4 in D Major
String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor
String Quartet No. 12 in D-flat Major

Linked event :

Philharmonie de Paris - Philharmonie 2
Broadcast date : Jan. 8, 2011, 8 p.m.

Movie director : Christian Leblé

Duration : 01 h 14 min
Location : Philharmonie de Paris – Philharmonie 2 (former Cité de la musique) (Paris, France)
Recording date : 2010
Production date : 2010
Production : Cité de la musique /

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