Session Report: the Carducci Quartet on recording Shostakovich


As the Carducci Quartet releases its third Shostakovich disc, Tom Stewart hears from the group’s violist and cellist about the extreme contrasts between the two featured pieces – the ninth and fifteenth string quartets

The Soviet Union in the 1970s was characterised by social, political and economic stagnation – or so the story goes. Dmitri Shostakovich, the country’s pre-eminent composer, completed his fifteenth and final string quartet in 1974, the year before he died…

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