Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet 3 in F, Op. 73 (1946)

Deportation of Ukranians to USSR, 1946 (Courtesy: www.polenvoornederlanders.nl)

Deportation of Ukrainians to USSR, 1946 (Courtesy: http://www.polenvoornederlanders.nl)

An incisive work, metrically complex, and plentiful in its awareness of disaster, with its gripping, baleful, mournful passacaglia, funereal in aspect and referential to the passacaglia in the Eighth Symphony, in the fourth movement, in which the quintuplet turn is always centred on the same note: A.

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