QUARTETTO NOÛS Tiziano Baviera, violin Alberto Franchin, violin Sara Dambruoso, viola Tommaso Tesini, cello
ŠOSTAKOVIČ PROJECT III Dmitrij Šostakovič (1906-1975) String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor op. 108 String Quartet No. 8 in C minor op. 110 String Quartet No. 9 in E flat major op. 117
In 1960 Nikita Chruščëv welcomed Šostakovič in his Olympus, making him first secretary of the League of Composers. Confident in this new course, Šostakovič celebrated the Soviet history and principles in his symphonies. It was a very productive period: the seventh and eighth Quartet were born that very same year. If the seventh stands out for brevity and formal density, the eighth is perhaps its most dramatic - and celebrated - fresco, dedicated "to the memory of the victims of fascism and war". In 1964 instead there was a happy pretext for the ninth Quartet, dedicated to his wife Irina. The Quartets will be performed by Quartetto Noûs, the award-winning Italian ensemble born in 2011.