Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Pacifica Quartet, The Soviet Experience, Volume 2: Shostakovich, Prokofiev
As before the Pacifica Quartet shows a tremendous verve in the fortissimo-allegro movements, a contemplative somberness as appropriate on the quieter andante and adagio movements.
The Prokofiev Second Quartet has not been recorded all that often and is a welcome addition to the set.
Perhaps most remarkable factor in these Pacifica recordings is the subtle shifts in mood and articulation throughout. The quartets are complex masterpieces that can sound like peasants merrily threshing hay in one moment and a cloudy horizon the next. The Pacifica Quartet brings out the subtle nuances along with the bold strokes. In that they are virtually unsurpassed.
Don't miss these performances.