Shostakovich – Piano Quintet (Janine Jansen and Friends)

Janine Jansen and Friends play Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor, opus 57; one of his best-known chamber works. It is written for piano and string quartet (two violins, viola and cello). Recorded during Janine Jansen’s Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival (International Chamber Music Festival) Utrecht on December 30, 2012.

Janine Jansen, violin
Boris Brovtsyn, violin
Maxim Rysanov, viola
Torleif Thedéen, cello
Eldar Nebolsin, piano

The Russian composer began work on the piece in the summer of 1940 and completed it on September 14. It was written for the Beethoven Quartet, as were most of his string quartets, and premiered by them with Shostakovich himself at the piano on November 23, 1940 at the Moscow Conservatory, to great success. In 1941, it was awarded the Stalin Prize.

The quintet is in five movements:

  1. Prelude: Lento
  2. Fugue: Adagio
  3. Scherzo: Allegretto
  4. Intermezzo: Lento
  5. Finale: Allegretto

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