1.-5. Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) - String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110 (1960) 20:53
6.-9. Dimitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No.7 in F sharp minor, Op.108 (1960) 12:03 *
10.-14. Dimitri Shostakovich - Piano Quaintet in G minor, Op.57 (1940)
Evgeni KOROLIOV piano
Pražák Quartet: Václav Remeš, Pavel Hůla*, Vlastimil Holek, violins, Josef Klusoň viola, Michal Kaňka cello
Certainly the most intense chamber programme that might be dedicated to the joint memory of Sviatoslav Richter and Dmitri Shostakovich: the Quintet, which the composer played on tour with the Beethoven Quartet in the 1940s Soviet Union - and frequently programmed, with the Pražaks, by Evgeni Koroliov, one of the rare Russian pianists who can pride himself on being a direct descendant of Richter in the Russian repertoire and Bach, coupled with the 1960 quartets: Nos. 7, Op.108, a funereal divertimento dedicated to Nina Vassilievna (+ 1954), and 8, Op.110, a vigorous protestation perhaps in reaction to the sight of a destroyed Dresden but especially in memory of the massacre perpetrated by Bolshevism and the war.