Trade the familiar force of Russian symphonies for the delicate expressions of its chamber music. Russia’s golden boy Stravinsky strays from his familiar powerhouses like The Rite of Spring and The Firebird, offering instead transparent, neo-Classical miniatures. Though frequently likened to Shostakovich in style, Alfred Schnittke pays homage to Stravinsky in his haunting string quartet, as Ludwig Thuille’s graceful Sextet is a yearning, romantic jewel for piano and winds. Earning him Russia’s highly coveted Stalin Prize, Shostakovich’s dramatic Quintet pays tribute to his own musical heroes through a hodge-podge of styles and a surprising use of restraint in the playful finale.

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