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The Brodsky Quartet has built up a strong association with these Shostakovich quartets over the years and this recording dates from 1989
Repertoire: Complete String Quartets
Artists: Brodsky Quartet
Label: Teldec 2564 60867-2
The Brodskys are truly marvellous in the high-octane, terror-filled episodes of these Soviet-era masterworks; although they play the more introverted sections with beautiful tone, the desolation and soul-searching eludes them. It would be interesting to see if they would sound less superficial in an up-to-date recording.