String Quartet No. 7 F Sharp minor Op. 108


  • Recorded: 31st May 2019
  • Record Place: Domovina Studio
  • First Release: 2019
  • (P) 2019 SUPRAPHON a.s.
  • Genre: Chamber Music


  • music by: Dmitry Shostakovich
  • musical group: Pavel Haas Quartet


Pavel Haas Quartet

Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 2, 7, 8

Catalogue Number: SU 4271-2
Published: 25th October 2019
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 1 CD
Dmitry Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68 (1944). - String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108 (1960). String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (1960)

Pavel Haas Quartet: Veronika Jarůšková - first violin, Marek Zwiebel - second violin, Jiří Kabát - viola, Peter Jarůšek - cello

Shostakovich - his music is a challenge each and every quartet sooner or later has to face up to. Yet when it comes to the Pavel Haas Quartet, it seems to be in their very DNA. The ensemble's unbridled, impulsive and, now and then, frenetic energy, sense for extreme contrast, ability to bring to bear gradation from breath-taking subtlety and tenderness to symphonic drama are facets essentially incident to Shostakovich's music. Although composed in safety, away from the horrors of World War II, String Quartet No. 2 (1944) reflects the suffering, uncertainty and anxiety of living at the time (the lyrical Recitative of the second movement, as performed by Veronika Jarůšková, the first violin). Both dating from 1960, String Quartets Nos. 7 and 8 are truly intimate confessions. While Shostakovich dedicated the former (the shortest piece of the cycle) to the memory of his first wife, he most likely intended the latter as his own epitaph, at the time when be hovered on the thin line between life and death. Attesting to the autobiographical nature of String Quartet No. 8 is the opening DSCH motif, Shostakovich's musical signature, which reoccurs throughout the piece. The Pavel Haas Quartet surpass the abyss of time, as well as the barrier of personal physical existence, delving into the very centre of Shostakovich's music and reflecting the full scale of emotions with airiness, as if the music were their own.

The Pavel Haas Quartet and (in truth) their Shostakovich. At long last!
Dmitry Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 2 A major Op. 68
String Quartet No. 2 A major : I. Ouverture. Moderato con moto 08:09
String Quartet No. 2 A major : II. Recitative and Romance. Adagio 11:35
String Quartet No. 2 A major : III. Waltz. Allegro 05:29
String Quartet No. 2 A major : IV. Theme with Variations. Adagio - Moderato con moto 10:57
Dmitry Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 7 F Sharp minor Op. 108
Allegretto 03:40
Lento 03:22
Allegro - Allegretto 06:03
Dmitry Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 8 C minor Op. 110
Largo 04:59
Allegro molto 02:53
Allegretto 04:37
Largo 05:15
Largo 03:49