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"Sofia" String Quartet has recorded three of the late quartets by the great Russian composer, a brilliant expression of the his talent and sensitivity. Each of them reveals the richness of the composer's creative imagination, demonstrates original solutions of form, structure, modes and metric rhythms. Quartet No. 8 is of programmatic character and is related to one of the leading themes in the music of Shostakovich - the theme of war, anti-humanism and the staunch support of the idea of peace and humanity. Quartets Nos. 10 and 11 are composed for friends of Shostakovich, associated with his personal life and creative career. Of particular interest is No. 11, consisting of 7 movements, each of which with an emotional context present in its title. The performance of the works by "Sofia" String Quartet is remarkable for its technical virtuosity and freedom - each of the four instrumentalists is a superb musician - with a mastery in the rendition of the multitude of nuances and moods, varying from grief and tragic resignation to joyful intoxication, joke and emotional outbursts. A compact disc, which bears evidence to the high professional standards of the "Sofia" Quartet and brings the joy of feeling the magnificence and the shattering power of the music of Dmitry Shostakovich.


  • Track Listing

    STRING QUARTET No. 8 Op. 110 19'40''
    [1] Largo
    [2] Allegro molto
    [3] Allegretto
    [4] Largo
    [5] Largo
    STRING QUARTET No. 10 Op.118 22'14''
    [6] Andante
    [7] Allegretto furioso
    [8] Adagio
    [9] Allegretto
    STRING QUARTET No. 11 Op.122 15'23''
    [10] INTRODUCTION Andantino
    [11] SCHERZO Allegretto
    [12] RECITATIVE Adagio
    [13] ETUDE Allegro
    [14] HUMORESQUE Allegro
    [15] ELEGY Adagio
    [16] CONCLUSION Moderato
    DDD 57'17"

  • SOFIA String Quartet:

    Vassil Valchev (violin), Nikolai Gagov (violin),
    Valentin Gerov (viola), Konstantin Bespalov (violoncello)

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