Music

Shanghai String Quartet / Shao / Beethoven, Schubert
28 October 2008
Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky" Play
Artists: Weigang Li (Violin); Yi-Wen Jiang (Violin); Honggang Li (Viola); Nicholas Tzavaras (Cello)
Ensemble: Shanghai Quartet
I - Allegro Play
II - Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando Play
III - Adagio molto e mesto Play
IV - Thème russe: Allegro Play
Schubert: Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956 Play
Artists: Weigang Li (Violin); Yi-Wen Jiang (Violin); Honggang Li (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello); Nicholas Tzavaras (Cello)
Ensemble: Shanghai Quartet
I - Allegro ma non troppo Play
II - Adagio Play
III - Scherzo: Presto - Trio: Andante sostenuto Play
IV - Allegretto Play

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GRAMOPHONE: The World's Best Classical Music Reviews SHORE Mythic Gardens. Ruin & Memory by Richard Whitehouse ...With its inspiration in three classic Italian gardens, Mythic Gardens (2014) was written for Sophie Shao – her warm and alluring cello tone well suited to music in which soloist and orchestra are even more closely integrated. The first two movements might have benefited from greater expressive contrast but the final Presto banishes any lingering wistfulness with its purposeful sense of resolution. Sound is that of a spacious and well-defined acoustic, and it is no surprise that the booklet-notes on either work are less extensive than those on the musicians. A pity about the short duration, too, as there are numerous shorter pieces by Shore that would have been apposite as a filler.

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