‘A rewarding musical experience…’ BBC Music Magazine
‘And magically atmospheric and intriguing it is, with every ounce of zest and colour in the original not merely captured, but given fresh (and effective) perspective.’ The Herald
‘Barshai's version of the Tenth offers both mystery and electrifying charm in equal measure.’ The Scotsman
‘It is an unqualified success.’ The Sunday Herald
The specially commissioned arrangements retain the nuances that make the original string quartets so special but also add a whole world of subtle sonorities.
The Shostakovich quartet shows him in the prime of his creative life; Barshai's orchestration adds to the texture and depth of this piece.
The Ravel String Quartet in F major is one of director Clio Gould's favourite pieces of music so she was delighted when Rudolf Barshai agreed to orchestrate this.
Barshai, a student of Shostakovich and a founding member of the Borodin and Tchaikovsky Quartets has also completed arrangements of Shostakovich's four chamber symphonies.
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The individual players bring an energetic and passionate dynamic to every performance.more >>The Gramophone
this excellently recorded disc is irresistable...more >>Gramophone
Sensitive, beautifully played arrangements of pivotal 20th-century quartets.more >>The Observer
Combining a thrilling intensity with flawless technique, this is string-playing as original as it is eloquent.more >>McAlister Matheson Music
The Scottish Ensemble has done nothing better on record than this.more >>BBC Music Magazine
'...thoroughly committed and convincing throughout...'more >>The Scotsman
'This album offers both mystery and electrifying charm in equal measure.'more >>Daily Telegraph
...an ear catching canvas of colours.more >>The List
The Scottish Ensemble play both works with the polish and expressive power we expect from them.more >>The Herald
'...a pungent and powerful performance by Gould's elite brigade.'more >>Inverness Courier
played by a vibrant and sensitive young group...more >>The Sunday Herald
'It is an unqualified success.'more >>