2013 From Bach Disc 8
× Disc VIII explores the effervescence of Bach’s writing for string ensembles, as realized in the Baroque master’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, scored for trios of violins, violas, and cellos. Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue, which began its life as a piano duo, embraces this string tradition in its sonically aggressive timbre. The lush String Sextet from Richard Strauss’s Capriccio weaves an exquisite tapestry from one sinewy Romantic line to the next; Shostakovich’s Third String Quartet offers a more piquant perspective on the string literature.