Related Reviews
The Gramophone
this excellently recorded disc is irresistable...
more >>
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
4 Stars
'...thoroughly committed and convincing throughout...'
more >>
The Scotsman
'This album offers both mystery and electrifying charm in equal measure.'
more >>
Daily Telegraph ear catching canvas of colours.
more >>
The List
5 Stars
The Scottish Ensemble play both works with the polish and expressive power we expect from them.
more >>
The Herald
5 Stars
'...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
5 Stars
'It is an unqualified success.'
more >>

Scottish Ensemble - Ravel & Shostakovich - My Classical Notes

07 March 2015
My Classical Notes
Hank Zauderer

This is the very first recording of Rudolph Barshai's arrangements of Ravel and Shostakovich string quartets.

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 favorite pieces of music so she was delighted when Rudolf Barshai agreed to orchestrate this.

We hear the following:



String Quartet in F major




Chamber Symphony No. 5 for Strings in A flat major, Op. 118a


Performed by the Scottish Ensemble, Clio Gould conducting.

Rudolph 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.

The Scottish Ensemble is the UK's only professional string orchestra, built around a core of twelve outstanding string players. The ensemble is known both in the UK and internationally for its versatility and ambitious programming.

Performing standing up, the individual players bring an energetic and passionate dynamic to every performance.

Here is Rudolph Barshai, talking about the music of Bach, Mahler, and Shostakovich:

And next, here is one of Bach's Fugues that was unfinished and later completed and arranged by Rudolf Barshai: © 2015 My Classical Notes

Bookmark and Share

Related Links

Scottish EnsembleScottish Ensemble
Ravel & Shostakovich for stringsRavel & Shostakovich for strings