Review: Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet Crowns a Challenging Season with Consummate Quality

Another review of the Drozdov and Shostakovich Quintets, which I played recently with the Aizuri Quartet. 

A performance that held the darker aspects of the slower movements and the almost Schubertian grace of the finale in ideal balance, while doing justice also to the aggressive devilry of the scherzo. Ignat Solzhenitsyn provided the kernel of the interpretation, by turns forceful without harshness and limpid without triviality. He was partnered with comparable artistry and skill by the Aizuri Quartet.
— Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International