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25% off The Soviet Experience Volume I: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries
We launch this week’s Free download on the birthday of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975), so our free download is the 2nd movement of the string quartet he wrote during a rare happy moment in his life: 1956, shortly after his second marriage (which fell apart fairly quickly). In the sunny key of G major, this playful quartet reflects the composer’s mood (to cite one feature: he ends all four movements with the same somewhat peculiar cadence).
The performance is from Volume I of the Pacifica Quartet’s complete Shostakovich quartet cycle titled, The Soviet Experience: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries. Volume I is 25% OFF this week only as our Featured CD of the Week (actually a 2-disc set sold at a single-disc price). The cycle, which includes quartets by other “Soviet” composers alongside Shostakovich’s 15, is also available as a boxed-set: 8 CDs for the price of 2! The full box is also 25% OFF this week only.
This track is also part of our October Spotify playlist, co-curated by the Dover Quartet (who include Shostakovich’s 2nd quartet on their new album, Voices of Defiance, available for pre-order now). Please be sure to check it out when the playlist launches this Sunday (October 1st).
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