Photo: Eric Richmond
Photo: Eric Richmond

March 2016 will see the Brodsky Quartet returning to the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, to record the full Shostakovich string quartet cycle, live in concert. The Shostakovich cycle is now synonymous with the Brodsky name, and their seminal performances of the repertoire have been critically acclaimed worldwide. The quartet has toured the project across the globe, with performance highlights including appearances at the Sydney Opera House; ANAM, Melbourne; QMF, Brisbane; Kings Place, London; St, George’s, Bristol; Uppsala Concert Hall, Sweden; and City Halls, Glasgow. Last season, the quartet toured the cycle to Mexico, and this season will see them performing  the cycle at the International Festival of Chamber Music, Bratislava, ahead of the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, recording.

This will be the quartet’s second recording of the Shostakovich cycle, some 25 years on from their initial reading for Teldec. Paul Cassidy (viola) comments: We have revelled in the quartets of Shostakovich throughout our 43 year existence – indeed, No. 11 was among the handful of pieces we initially chose to learn back when we started out. In the absence of parts back in the 70s, we painstakingly wrote out our own for No. 13 by listening to a recording over and over again. In the late 80s we were asked to play the whole cycle in the QEH, London, which led to Teldec inviting us to make the first complete digital recording of the set. Since then, we have played the cycle countless times all over the world, from Sydney Opera House to remote churches on Norwegian fjords. Now, 25 years after that original recording, we feel ready to record them again and are excited by the prospect of capturing our latest thoughts on these masterpieces.

The live recording will be released by Chandos Records in 2016/17.