Review: "Third Quartet is a difficult work to play, and to record.... it is a very intense piece, intricately constructed and extending string quartet textures further than Tchaikovsky ever had before. The Shostakovich Quartet understand the music well, not only setting intelligent tempos and phrasing with warmth and flexibility, but grasping the very elaborate harmonic structures ....unusual fill-up is a student work for quartet and harp, very much an exercise in part-writing and sonority, but suggesting that he was learning lessons that were put to superb effect in the quartets." (Gramophone)
Track Listing: 1. Adagio Molto for String Quartet & Harp 2-5. String Quartet No.3 in E flat minor Op.30 6. String Quartet in B flat major 7. Adagio Cantabile e con moto from sextet "Souvenir de Florence"