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Stanislavsy Art Theatre Mozart Hall, Moscow
Gliere & Stradivari Quartets
One of the strangest of Shostakovich’s early work is this short octet for strings. Based on the famous Mendelssohn combination of a double string quartet, it consists of a wistful prelude and a fleeting scherzo. The piece is dedicated to the memory of a young friend of the composer, a promising poet, who had died unexpectedly.
Note by Gerard McBurney