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Shostakovich survey ends with death, defiance

The Borromeo String Quartet (from left) Yeesun Kim, Kristopher Tong, Mai Motobuchi, and Nicholas Kitchen. The Borromeo String Quartet (from left) Yeesun Kim, Kristopher Tong, Mai Motobuchi, and Nicholas Kitchen. (Liz linder)
By Matthew Guerrieri
Globe Correspondent / November 27, 2008

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Twenty-one months ago, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Borromeo String Quartet began a five-concert chronological survey of Dmitri Shostakovich's 15 string quartets with a coming-out party of youthful insouciance. On Sunday, the group arrived at the last three quartets, a virtual wake. Not every composer's final music turns funereal - the late works of Shostakovich's friend Benjamin Britten ... (Full article: 406 words)

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