Saturday, 5/14/11

by musicclipoftheday

three takes

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), String Quartet No. 15 in E flat minor (1974)
Excerpt (1st Movement)

‘Play it so that flies drop dead in midair, and the audience starts leaving the hall from sheer boredom,’ the composer told the players preparing its premiere in 1974.

—Edward Rothstein, New York Times, 5/6/11

Emerson String Quartet, live

Part 1

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Part 2

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Borodin String Quartet

Part 1

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Part 2

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Taneyev Quartet
(gave the premiere performance [Leningrad, 1974])

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lagniappe

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Emerson String Quartet, live

2nd & 3rd Movements

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4th & 5th Movements

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6th Movement

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