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Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets / Mandelring Quartet (2008)

Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets / Mandelring Quartet (2008)
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Classical | Label: Audite | 5CD

Hard-cornered, sharp-edged, and superbly played, the Mandelring Quartett's series of performances of Shostakovich's string quartets recorded for the Audite label are splendid examples of the modernist-internationalist manner. In this third volume featuring the Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth quartets, the Mandelring delivers clear, direct performance of the fast movements and dry-eyed performances of the slow movements. The Allegro non troppo that starts the Fifth is clean and rhythmically driven, while the Allegro fugue that starts the closing movement of the Seventh is air-tight and crisply articulated. Listeners used to the more soulful Borodin and Shostakovich quartets' recordings of these works may miss the emotional ambiguity of the Ninth's opening Moderato con moto and the lyrical tenderness of the Seventh's consoling coda. But listeners who already know these standard-repertoire works and are looking for challenging new recordings of them could do much worse than to try the Mandelring's discs, particularly in Audite's "you are there" super audio sound. ~ James Leonard

Mandelring Quartet

In its early years, the Mandelring Quartet had become identified with the byways of the string quartet repertory, specifically the quartets of French composer and Schubertcontemporary George Onslow, as well as those of twentieth century composer Berthold Goldschmidt. But the Mandelring players have never really been specialists: the group has always possessed a broad repertory that not only takes in the likes of Koechlin, Caplet, Milhaud, Pettersson, Penderecki, Piazzolla, and a host of lesser-knowns, but the standards by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and many others. And they have made over 20 recordings spread over several labels, including Audite, CPO, Naxos, Amadis, and Largo.

The Mandelring Quartet was formed in 1988 and is based in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany, the hometown of three of the group's four players. At the heart of the ensemble are the Schmidt siblings – violinists Sebastian and Nanette and cellist Bernhard. Their father was a talented pianist, and the family often performed ensemble music while the children were growing up.

The Mandelring Quartet takes its name from the street on which the Schmidt family lived. The group's violist, Roland Glassl, joined the ensemble in 1999, replacing Nora Niggeling. Although the Mandelring Quartet began concertizing and recording in the late 1980s, its breakthrough came in 1991, when it won the international string quartet competitions in Munich and Evian.

The quartet also won the Reggio Emilia-based Paolo Borciani Competition in 1994. By then the Mandelring players were well known internationally: they had begun recording the Goldschmidt quartets in 1990 and did three of the Onslow in 1992; they were also busy managing a heavy concert schedule at major venues across the globe: Amsterdam, Paris, London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and in South America and parts of Asia.

The Mandelring Quartet was also giving frequent broadcast concerts over German radio, the BBC, and other European broadcast networks. In 1997 the group was instrumental in the founding of the HAMBACHERMusikFEST, an important international chamber music festival held yearly in Hambach, Germany.

In the new century the Mandelring players have been especially active in the recording studio, their largest project being the 15 Shostakovich quartets, of which three volumes, covering the first nine quartets, have been issued on the Audite label (2006-2008). The group's 2008 concert schedule included tours of Germany, Switzerland, and Japan in repertory ranging from Haydn and Beethoven to Koechlin and Shostakovich.
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Tracklisting:

CD1
01. (Quatuor à cordes No.1 en ut majeur op.49) Moderato / 4:40
02. Moderato / 4:37
03. Allegro molto / 2:24
04. Allegro / 3:02
05. (Quatuor à cordes No.2 en la majeur op.68) Ouverture: moderato con moto / 7:55
06. Recitative et Romance: adagio / 10:53
07. Valse: allegro / 4:49
08. Theme avec variations: adagio - moderato con moto etc… / 10:07
09. (Quatuor à cordes No.4 en ré majeur op.83) Allegretto / 3:35
10. Andantino / 5:33
11. Allegretto / 5:01
12. Allegretto / 10:15

CD2
01. (Quatuor à cordes No.3 en fa majeur op.73) Allegretto / 7:04
02. Moderato con moto / 4:40
03. Allegro non troppo / 4:02
04. Adagio / 4:27
05. Moderato / 9:14
06. (Quatuor à cordes No.6 en sol majeur op.101) Allegretto / 6:41
07. Moderato con moto / 4:23
08. Lento / 3:52
09. Allegretto / 6:44
10. (Quatuor à cordes No.8 en ut mineur op.110) Largo / 4:31
11. Allegro molto / 2:41
12. Allegretto / 3:59
13. Largo / 4:17
14. Largo / 3:30

CD3
01. (Quatuor à cordes No.5 en si bémol majeur op.92) Allegro non troppo / 11:26
02. Andante / 8:54
03. Moderato / 10:24
04. (Quatuor à cordes No.7 en fa dièse mineur op.108) Allegretto / 3:38
05. Lento / 2:55
06. Allegro / 5:24
07. (Quatuor à cordes No.9 mi bémol majeur op.117) Moderato con moto / 4:29
08. Adagio / 4:35
09. Allegretto / 4:15
10. Adagio / 3:03
11. Allegro / 8:49

CD4
01. String Quartet No.10 in A flat major, Op. 118 - I. Andante / 4:10
02. II. Allegretto furioso / 3:54
03. III. Adagio / 6:25
04. IV. Allegretto / 9:18
05. String Quartet No.12 in D flat major, Op. 133 - I. Moderato / 6:23
06. II. Allegretto / 19:22
07. String Quartet No.14 in F sharp major, Op. 142 - I. Allegretto / 8:38
08. II. Adagio / 9:32
09. III. Allegretto / 7:51

CD5
01. (Quatuor à cordes No.11 en fa mineur op.122) Introduction: andantino / 2:25
02. Scherzo. Allegretto / 2:49
03. Recittive: adagio / 1:09
04. Etude Allegro / 1:20
05. Humoresque: allegro / 1:06
06. Elegie: adagio / 3:46
07. Finale - Moderato / 3:41
08. (Quatuor à cordes No.13 en si bémol mineur op.138) Adagio - Doppio movimento - Tempo primo / 18:50
09. (Quatuor à cordes No.15 en mi bémol mineur op.144) Elegie: adagio / 10:52
10. Adagio / 5:39
11. Intermezzo: Adagio / 1:27
12. Nocturne: adagio / 4:19
13. Marche funèbre: adagio molto / 4:18
14. Epilogue: adagio / 6:02

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