Works Chamber Instrumental Ensembles

String Quartet No. 11

Opus 121 Opus 123

Opus 122
1966 year

Quartet No.11 Score
Quartet No.11 Parts
premiere:

28-May-1966

Leningrad. Glinka Small Hall of the Conservatoire. On June 6th the String Quartet was performed in Moscow in the Small Hall of the Conservatoire by the Beethoven Quartet.

first publication:

1967. Score, “Sovietsky kompozitor” Publishers, Moscow.

manuscripts:

Archive of the composer’s family.


Dedicated: “To the Memory of Vasilii Petrovich Shirinsky”
Duration: 15’


String Quartet No.11
F-Minor
op. 122

I. Introduction. Andantino
II. Scherzo. Allegretto
III. Recitative. Adagio
IV. Étude. Allegro
V. Humoresque. Allegro
VI. Elegy. Adagio
VII. Conclusion. Moderato

   The quartet is dedicated to the memory of Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky. A versatile musician - violinist, conductor, teacher (professor at the Moscow Conservatory) V.P. Shirinsky (1901-1965) was one of the founders and, until the end of his days, a permanent participant in the Beethoven Quartet. The composition occupied an important place in Shirinsky’s creative life: he graduated from the conservatory not only as a performer, but also as a composer (in the class of N. Myaskovsky).
  Eleventh is one of Shostakovich’s most intimate lyrical chamber works. Seven small parts form a closed sequence resembling not a sonata cycle, but a suite. At the same time, the music of the quartet is marked by internal significance, short, laconic parts resemble restrained speech in memory of a friend.
   Quartet No. 11 was completed on January 30, 1966. Parts of the quartet have the following names: Introduction, Scherzo, Recitative, Étude, Humoresque, Elegy, Conclusion. On March 9, 1966, Shostakovich introduced the Beethovens to this work. On March 25, the Beethoven Quartet performed it in the All-Union House of Composers. The premiere of the quartet took place on May 28, 1966 in Leningrad, in the Small Hall named after M.I. Glinka. On June 6, Quartet No. 11 was performed in Moscow, in the Small Hall of the Conservatory.


recordings:

  • Borodin Quartet: Dubinsky R.D., Aleksandrov Y.P., Shebalin D.V., Berlinsky V.A. 1967 // Shinsekai SMK-7539,
  • Borodin Quartet: Dubinsky R.D., Aleksandrov Y.P., Shebalin D.V., Berlinsky V.A. 1967 // Melodia C 01459-60, 1967
  • Borodin Quartet: Kopelman M., Abramenkov A., Shebalin D.V., Berlinsky V.A. 1981 // Melodia C 10-17579-80, 1982
  • Beethoven Quartet: Tsyganov D.M., Zabavnikov N., Druzhinin F.S., Shirinsky S.P. 1969 // EMI 061-91298,
  • Beethoven Quartet: Tsyganov D.M., Zabavnikov N., Druzhinin F.S., Shirinsky S.P. 1969 // Melodia C 01769-70, 1971
  • Beethoven Quartet: Tsyganov D.M., Zabavnikov N., Druzhinin F.S., Shirinsky S.P. 1969 // Melodia D 025115-16, 1971
  • Beethoven Quartet: Tsyganov D.M., Zabavnikov N., Druzhinin F.S., Shirinsky S.P. 1969 // Shinsekai SMK-7609, 1972 (?)
  • Borodin Quartet: Dubinsky R.D., Aleksandrov Y.P., Shebalin D.V., Berlinsky V.A. 1967 // Melodia Seraphim SIC-6035, 1967-1968
  • Borodin Quartet: Dubinsky R.D., Aleksandrov Y.P., Shebalin D.V., Berlinsky V.A. 1967 // Melodia Eurodisc 76 649 XK, 76 647,
  • Borodin Quartet: Dubinsky R.D., Aleksandrov Y.P., Shebalin D.V., Berlinsky V.A. 1967 // Melodia MG 087129, D-019520, 1967
  • Borodin Quartet: Kopelman M., Abramenkov A., Shebalin D.V., Berlinsky V.A. 1981 // HMV Melodia EX 270339 E 2703441, 1986
  • Coull String Quartet: Cole R., Galloway F., Curtis D., Todd D. 1988 // ASV CD DCA 631, 1989
  • Hagen Quartett: Hagen K., Hagen L., Schmidt R., Hagen W. 1994 // Deutsche Grammophon 445 864-2 GH, 1995
  • Brodsky Quartet: Thomas M., Belton I., Cassidy P., Thomas J. 1989 // TELDEC 9031-71702-2, 1990
  • Fine Arts Quartet: Evans R., Boyko E., Horner D., Laufer W. 1989 // ADES 14.161-2, 1989
  • Fitzwilliam Quartet: C. Rowland, J. Spary, A. George, I. Davis. 1976 // LONDON 455 781-2 (Set 455 776-2), 1998
  • Shostakovich Quartet: Shishlov A.A., Pishchugin S., Galkovsky A.V., Korchagin A.A. 1984 // OLYMPIA OCD 534, 1994

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