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July 19, 1990 | GREGG WAGER
Sometimes things take longer than expected. Twenty-three years ago at Moscow Conservatory, four students formed the Shostakovich String Quartet, eventually touring the world, receiving international renown and gaining a reputation as one of the foremost chamber music ensembles in the Soviet Union. Tonight and Saturday, at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall, the distinguished ensemble makes a belated Los Angeles debut as part of a tour billed as its first of the United States.
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February 23, 1993 | DANIEL CARIAGA
The most rewarding moments in an otherwise lackluster performance by the touring Shostakovich String Quartet, Sunday afternoon in Beckman Auditorium at Caltech, was the group's first encore, Tchaikovsky's famous Andante Cantabile. Most of the passion, lyricism, concentration and detailing the players had merely indicated in the preceding program of works by Glinka, Mozart and Shostakovich came to life in this excerpt.
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February 23, 1993 | DANIEL CARIAGA
The most rewarding moments in an otherwise lackluster performance by the touring Shostakovich String Quartet, Sunday afternoon in Beckman Auditorium at Caltech, was the group's first encore, Tchaikovsky's famous Andante Cantabile. Most of the passion, lyricism, concentration and detailing the players had merely indicated in the preceding program of works by Glinka, Mozart and Shostakovich came to life in this excerpt.
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July 19, 1990 | GREGG WAGER
Sometimes things take longer than expected. Twenty-three years ago at Moscow Conservatory, four students formed the Shostakovich String Quartet, eventually touring the world, receiving international renown and gaining a reputation as one of the foremost chamber music ensembles in the Soviet Union. Tonight and Saturday, at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall, the distinguished ensemble makes a belated Los Angeles debut as part of a tour billed as its first of the United States.
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July 26, 1992 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor. TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartet No. 1. Lafayette String Quartet. Dorian Recordings DOR-90163. A highly refined performance can occasionally take away from a piece of music, especially one dealing with raw emotions. Such is the case with the Lafayette's reading of Shostakovich's Eighth, which here seems not grotesque or cruel or stark enough.
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March 15, 2000 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There are Russian programs--we hear them regularly, winter and summer--and then there are really Russian programs. Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists arrived with the latter Monday for a Los Angeles Philharmonic-sponsored Celebrity Recital at the Music Center, bearing somber and lovely blessings from Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Though echt-Russian to its core, this was a concert shaped by individual vision as much as national identity.
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January 25, 1997 | SUSAN BLISS
The London Chamber Orchestra brought amiable personality and no-nonsense musicality to Irvine Barclay Theatre Thursday night. Music Director Christopher Warren-Green set the genial, somewhat informal atmosphere through intentionally witty prefatory remarks and patient accommodation of latecomers. Then he led the group in purposeful music making, conducting from his spot as concertmaster.
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November 22, 1994 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Southwest Chamber Music Society reasserted its tradition of animated performances of 20th-Century works Sunday afternoon in Orange, with a stimulating program of music by Britten, Shostakovich and Donald Crockett. The most recent was Crockett's attractive 1990 "Celestial Mechanics," for oboe and string quartet, recipient of second prize in the 1991 Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards.
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July 20, 1988
The Paillard Chamber Orchestra and the ensemble Musicians from Marlboro will be two of the groups featured on the 29th season of the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Society. The Paillard ensemble, one of the first ensembles to specialize in the Baroque repertory, was formed in 1953 by French conductor-musicologist Jean-Francois Paillard. The orchestra will open the Laguna Beach season with a Bach program, Oct. 3.
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October 15, 2001 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Venerable Bridges Hall at Pomona College has reopened this fall after a year of restoration and renovation. Saturday evening, the Alexander String Quartet gave the room a thorough acoustic workout with a well-chosen and well-played program. Bridges Hall--affectionately known as "Little" Bridges, as distinct from Bridges Auditorium or "Big" Bridges--looks much the same, only freshly scrubbed and polished. The most immediately obvious difference is a new C.B.
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November 17, 1990 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There seems to be an abundance of good, young string quartets around these days; add yet another: the Ysaye Quartet. The Laguna Chamber Music Society presented this prize-winning French ensemble, founded in 1984 at the Paris Conservatory and now on its first U.S. tour, Thursday night in the Artists' Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. The demanding program of 20th-Century classics and Schubert's A-minor Quartet, D. 804, revealed the group to be remarkably unified and stylistically aware.
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July 15, 1988 | CHRIS PASLES
The Paillard Chamber Orchestra and the Musicians from Marlboro will be among six groups performing at Laguna Beach High School as part of the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Society's 29th season. The society will also sponsor a four-concert Young Artist Series, which will begin at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach and then move to the high school. County music pioneer Frieda Belinfante will guest-conduct at the opening concert, with free admission.
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