10 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Piotr Anderszewski and the Belcea Quartet make superb partners in one of Shostakovich’s most performed chamber works. They present the powerful and highly approachable Piano Quintet with playing of colossal tensile strength, a tightly focused sound and yet with a willingness to respond to the work’s undeniable lyricism. The work’s rigour is striking when performed with this kind of intensity and concentration. The Third Quartet (1946) remains one of Shostakovich’s finest—and one of his favourites, perhaps because it responds so powerfully to the combustible events of the time. The Belceas capture its sardonic, sometimes violent, mood to perfection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Piotr Anderszewski and the Belcea Quartet make superb partners in one of Shostakovich’s most performed chamber works. They present the powerful and highly approachable Piano Quintet with playing of colossal tensile strength, a tightly focused sound and yet with a willingness to respond to the work’s undeniable lyricism. The work’s rigour is striking when performed with this kind of intensity and concentration. The Third Quartet (1946) remains one of Shostakovich’s finest—and one of his favourites, perhaps because it responds so powerfully to the combustible events of the time. The Belceas capture its sardonic, sometimes violent, mood to perfection.

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About Belcea Quartet & Piotr Anderszewski

The Belcea Quartet is a youthful group from London, founded at the Royal College of Music in 1997. Its members are Corina Belcea first violin, Axel Schacher second violin, Kryzsztof Chorzelski viola, and Antoine Lederlin cello. After coaching for nearly three years with the Chilingirian Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet, and composer/violinist Simon Rowland-Jones, the Belcea went on to win international string quartet competitions in Osaka and Bordeaux during its first year in the public eye. Through additional honors gained and exposure received via the BBC, the Belcea Quartet landed the position of in-house string quartet at Wigmore Hall in London (until 2006), and at about the same time signed a recording contract with EMI Classics. In 2011, it began a new series of recordings for Zig-Zag Territoires. The Belcea Quartet embarked on its first tour of the United States in the 2005-2006 season. It is quartet-in-residence at the Guildhall School, and, since the 2010-2011 season, shares ensemble-in-residence at the Vienna Konzarthaus duties with the Artemis Quartett.

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