Shostakovich: Quartet No. 3 & Quintet / Anderszewski, Belcea Quartet
The Belcea Quartet’s first Shostakovich release offers much food for thought. Their insightful performance of the Third Quartet fully encapsulates the work’s war-scarred anguish. Anderszewski works miracles with Shostakovich’s often spare two-part piano writing, bringing out a greater wealth of colours than is normally the case.
– BBC Music Magazine
They look at the Quintet with fresh eyes and that is evident from the outset. The pianist’s opening soliloquy has power and a directness of emotion, which is matched by the Belcea. The Third String Quartet is every bit as successful. The absolute certainty of ensemble is one of the joys of the Belcea, but just as important is their fearlessness, and their reactivity, capturing the music’s emotional shifts unerringly. A tremendous addition to the Shostakovich discography.
Catalog Number: Alpha360
Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Belcea String Quartet
Performer: Piotr Anderszewski