Carducci Quartet launches Shostakovich15 – its project to perform all 15 of Shostakovich’s string quartets in 2015. Commemorating 40 years since Shostakovich’s death, Carducci Quartet performs several complete cycles throughout the year and releases this recording of Shostakovich’s fourth, eighth and eleventh string quartets – all landmark works in the string quartet repertory.
Their warmly engineered release of three of the Russian master’s quartets is undoubtedly a fine achievement, boasting excellent ensemble, musical insight and sensitive attention to detail – BBC Music Magazine
[The Carducci Quartet] clearly have the technical measure of these three highly contrasting works from Shostakovich’s quartet output…this well-recorded disc holds out much promise of things to come – Gramophone
The performances are both polished and passionate – The Sunday Times
Great musical flair…the Carducci’s are superb here – Music Web International