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Ehnes is not afraid to challenge Oistrakh’s supremacy in this mightiest of Soviet concertos. He is more than a match for his predecessor’s primal energy in the outer movements, and rapt focus in the central andante; he is also gifted finer orchestral accompaniment and recorded sound. And if the readings here of the best-known of Shostakovich’s quartets are anything to go by, long-established ensembles ought to be getting worried.

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