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From Jerusalem (and beyond) with Shostakovich in tow

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Ensemble names of course tell only part of a story. The four members of the Jerusalem Quartet were all born elsewhere. Three of the four in fact grew up in the former Soviet Union, their musical sensibilities first stamped by that culture, and later shaped through advanced studies in Israel, where they met at the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music and Dance. When they play Shostakovich’s sting quartets for instance, we do not hear the sound of Middle Easterners sight-seeing in a distant land, but rather four string players visiting one of their multiple musical homes.

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