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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dmitri Shostakovich - The Complete String Quartets (Fitzwilliam String Quartet)

It is entirely necessary to get these 6+ hours of music.

The giant of twentieth-century Russia, who had a quite tumultuous (and fascinating) relationship with Stalin and the state, wrote both 15 string quartets and symphonies. Each display his prowess as a composer of the modern world, though he does not abandon tonality completely. This makes him a excellent choice for somebody perhaps less inclined to dive in to what is sometimes an intimidating century in the classical world.

No excuses. Listen.