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Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 & Piano Quintet

Belcea Quartet - Piotr Anderszewski

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Although Shostakovich's Third Quartet and his Piano Quintet have long been a part of the Belcea Quartet’s and Piotr Anderszewski’s repertoires, they had never recorded any of the composer's material. There is an interesting analogy between this point in the careers of the quartet and the pianist on the one hand and the composer's own life on the other: it was at the age of 32 that, although he was already onto his fifth symphony, Shostakovich wrote his first string quartet. For a long time his demanding attitude towards himself held him back from attempting what he saw as "one of the most difficult of all the musical genres". The impetus came – against the composer's will – from the dastardly Stalin, who had sparked the greatest crisis in Shostakovich's career: in 1936 the dictator had attended a performance of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which later got an ominous review in Pravda, which growled about "chaos replacing music" and denounced "hysterical, degenerate music". The young composer ran the risk of arrest and execution: and so it should come as no surprise that after that experience he turned to the more private genre of the string quartet. Every listener can make their own between-the-lines reading of political protests or humanist messages in the work: at any rate it is very hard to see "just" pure music here, for all its fluency. That applies just as much to the Third Quartet of 1946, in which passages recalling Haydn rub shoulders with rather more violent material. The Quintet for Piano and Strings dates back to 1940, and it received the Stalin Prize – which was symptomatic of the unpredictable relations between Shostakovich and the regime, which saw him at once as traitor to the people and a model artist. The composer claimed that he added the piano part to his quintet so as to be able to play it himself, and to take advantage of whatever travel opportunities might come his way as a result...© SM/Qobuz

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Piano Quintet In G Minor, Op. 57 (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

1
I. Prelude (Lento)
Piotr Anderszewski
00:04:46

Belcea Quartet (Corina Belcea, Violin I - Axel Schacher, Violin II - Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola - Antoine Lederlin, Cello) - Piotr Anderszewski, Piano - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer

2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2017 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

2
II. Fugue (Adagio)
Piotr Anderszewski
00:11:34

Belcea Quartet (Corina Belcea, Violin I - Axel Schacher, Violin II - Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola - Antoine Lederlin, Cello) - Piotr Anderszewski, Piano - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer

2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2017 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

3
III. Scherzo (Allegretto)
Piotr Anderszewski
00:03:37

Belcea Quartet (Corina Belcea, Violin I - Axel Schacher, Violin II - Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola - Antoine Lederlin, Cello) - Piotr Anderszewski, Piano - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer

2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2017 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

4
IV. Intermezzo (Lento)
Piotr Anderszewski
00:07:02

Belcea Quartet (Corina Belcea, Violin I - Axel Schacher, Violin II - Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola - Antoine Lederlin, Cello) - Piotr Anderszewski, Piano - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer

2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2017 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

5
V. Finale (Allegretto)
Piotr Anderszewski
00:07:40

Belcea Quartet (Corina Belcea, Violin I - Axel Schacher, Violin II - Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola - Antoine Lederlin, Cello) - Piotr Anderszewski, Piano - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer

2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2017 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73 (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

6
I. Allegretto
Belcea Quartet
00:07:27

Belcea Quartet (Corina Belcea, Violin I - Axel Schacher, Violin II - Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola - Antoine Lederlin, Cello) - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer

2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2017 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

7
II. Moderato con moto
Belcea Quartet
00:05:37

Belcea Quartet (Corina Belcea, Violin I - Axel Schacher, Violin II - Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola - Antoine Lederlin, Cello) - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer

2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2017 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

8
III. Allegro non troppo
Belcea Quartet
00:04:12

Belcea Quartet (Corina Belcea, Violin I - Axel Schacher, Violin II - Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola - Antoine Lederlin, Cello) - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer

2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2017 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

9
IV. Adagio
Belcea Quartet
00:06:00

Belcea Quartet (Corina Belcea, Violin I - Axel Schacher, Violin II - Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola - Antoine Lederlin, Cello) - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer

2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2017 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

10
V. Moderato
Belcea Quartet
00:11:12

Belcea Quartet (Corina Belcea, Violin I - Axel Schacher, Violin II - Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola - Antoine Lederlin, Cello) - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer

2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2017 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

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Although Shostakovich's Third Quartet and his Piano Quintet have long been a part of the Belcea Quartet’s and Piotr Anderszewski’s repertoires, they had never recorded any of the composer's material. There is an interesting analogy between this point in the careers of the quartet and the pianist on the one hand and the composer's own life on the other: it was at the age of 32 that, although he was already onto his fifth symphony, Shostakovich wrote his first string quartet. For a long time his demanding attitude towards himself held him back from attempting what he saw as "one of the most difficult of all the musical genres". The impetus came – against the composer's will – from the dastardly Stalin, who had sparked the greatest crisis in Shostakovich's career: in 1936 the dictator had attended a performance of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which later got an ominous review in Pravda, which growled about "chaos replacing music" and denounced "hysterical, degenerate music". The young composer ran the risk of arrest and execution: and so it should come as no surprise that after that experience he turned to the more private genre of the string quartet. Every listener can make their own between-the-lines reading of political protests or humanist messages in the work: at any rate it is very hard to see "just" pure music here, for all its fluency. That applies just as much to the Third Quartet of 1946, in which passages recalling Haydn rub shoulders with rather more violent material. The Quintet for Piano and Strings dates back to 1940, and it received the Stalin Prize – which was symptomatic of the unpredictable relations between Shostakovich and the regime, which saw him at once as traitor to the people and a model artist. The composer claimed that he added the piano part to his quintet so as to be able to play it himself, and to take advantage of whatever travel opportunities might come his way as a result...© SM/Qobuz

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