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Borodin: String Quartet No. 1; Stravinsky: Concertino

Album Summary

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major
>Stravinsky, Igor : Concertino, for string quartet
>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, Op. 86
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the acclaimed Borodin String Quartet's second recording for Onyx, and features three works by three great Russian composers. Borodin's remarkable first quartet, with its references to Beethoven's Op.131, is a rich, full-blooded work; an opulent feast of lyricism and color. It is coupled with Stravinsky's wonderfully concise Concertino of 1920 and Myaskovsky's epic 13th quartet. The Borodin Quartet has been at the very center of the chamber music world for over 60 years, and has seen several changes in personnel during this period. This recording marks the debut of the group's new cellist Vladimir Balshin who replaces Valentin Berlinsky.

"The Borodin players combine a quartet written in 1874 with the aggressive 1920 Concertino of Igor Stravinsky and the beautifully lyrical last quartet of Nicolai Miaskovsky, written in 1949, the year before he died...the Jazzy jauntiness of the Stravinsky makes a fine contrast with the romanticism of the pieces on either side of it. This is a fine program, beautifully played and recorded with clarity."-American Record Guide

The Times
With a new cellist in place, the ensemble continue to play with a romantic warmth that has made them pre-eminent among string quartets...[the Miaskovsky is] music of substance, packed with activity and colour, and the Borodins do it full justice.

The Independent
The standout piece here is Borodin's String Quartet No 1...the scherzo, with its blend of agitated, feathery bow-work and stalking pizzicato, is especially impressive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gnessin State Musical College, Moscow (11/18/2009-11/20/2009).



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Works Details

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major
  • Notes: Gnessin State Musical College, Moscow (11/18/2009-11/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1879

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concertino, for string quartet
  • Notes: Gnessin State Musical College, Moscow (11/18/2009-11/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1920

>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, Op. 86
  • Notes: Gnessin State Musical College, Moscow (11/18/2009-11/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1949