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Shebalin, Vol. 3: String Quartets Nos. 6, 7 & 8

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I. Allegro
  2. II. Andante
  3. III. Vivo
  4. IV. Allegro Giusto
  5. I. Allegro Moderato
  6. II. Scherzo
  7. III. Andante
  8. IV. Allegro Assai
  9. I. Andante
  10. II. Allegro
  11. III. Adagio
  12. IV. Allegro

Product Details

  • Composer: Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin
  • Audio CD (March 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Olympia
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005AKCB
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With volume III of Shebalin's String Quartets recently issued by Olympia Compact Disc Ltd., we now have a fuller, though still incomplete glimpse of Shebalin's wider range of his musical talents. What are missing is his much talked about Trio for violin, cello, & piano, his wonderful opera "The Taming of the Shrew", and a whole host of his other works (over fifty yet to be recorded and/or re-issued).

The Quartets of Shebalin are consistent in their assured craftsmanship, musical depth, and their euphonious sense of individuality and independence, even under the heavy, essentially unbearable weight of Socialist Realism. Musical integrity was of highest importance to Shebalin and he did everything in his powers not to sacrifice it (the virtue he learned from Myaskovsky & Shostakovich). Shebalin paid a heavy price for his stance, however: he was among the artists attacked by Andrei Zhdanov in 1948 at the infamous though disgraceful Conference of Soviet Musicians, and was relieved of his duties as Director of the Moscow Conservatory (the post he held since 1942).

In many ways, both the Sixth and the Seventh Quartets (1943 & 1948 respectively) take over where the Fifth Quartet "Slavonic" leaves off. Pervasively, the atmosphere behind the works is unmistakably Russian, though the use of folk-music is not as pronounce in comparison to the Fifth. This is especially true in Sixth Quartet's quasi-festive third movement (vivo) and even in the finale (listen to the first three minutes of it & think of his Sinfonietta on Russian Themes written five years later). There is plenty of introspection in the andante movement of both quartets, with the mood somewhat sentimental, elegiac (and also in the Seventh, passionate & sonorous by the middle section).
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