Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 3, 4 & 7

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Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3 In F Major Op. 73,
String Quartet No. 4 In D Major Op. 83,
String Quartet No. 7 In F Sharp Minor Op. 108.



fter a long wait, their new recording is finally here! This time the young Finns give the String Quartets of Shostakovich their attention. The Third Quartet may be considered something like the opposite of the composer’s “classical” 9th Symphony – and one of the most beautiful of the cycle. The Fourth Quartet is rather lyrical and densely scored. The Seventh Quartet, undoubtedly a painful and personal work, was composed in memory of Shostakovich’s first wife, who died in 1954.

The Finnish string quartet Meta4 has developed in recent years, to become one of the world’s top quartets. Founded in 2001, the four musicians won the Shostakovich Competition (Moscow) in 2004, and later, in 2007, the Haydn Competition in Vienna. In the years since, the Meta4 Quartet has maintained a busy concert schedule performing in the great halls and musical centers of Europe.

The quartet’s repertoire includes works from Haydn to the present day, including many works especially written for them. Their first CD (a program of Haydn’s op. 55 Quartets) received wide critical acclaim and several coveted awards including the Prize of the German Record Critics’ Award and the 2010 Echo Klassik Award.

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