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Shostakovich: String Quartets nos 1, 8 & 14 / Borodin Quartet

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 49
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Pieces (2) for String Quartet
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Notes & Reviews:

Financial Times, 28th March 2015
The playing of the current Borodin Quartet members has a molten intensity in this disc, which exudes authority.

The Guardian, 9th April 2015
What I like most about this recording, besides the quartet's gorgeously rich sound, is the straight-up sincerity of the playing...Nothing is overstated or hysterical...it's true that the Borodins don't do much by way of wit or acerbic bite, but their the sobriety is hugely dignified.

The Observer, 12th April 2015
[The complete cycle is] a glorious prospect, judging by this first offering. The naivety of Quartet No 1 gives way to the autobiographical, despairing No 8, the Borodins reaching right down into the depths of its bitter universal torment before offering some relief with the whimsy and warmth of No 14. Prepare to be profoundly stirred.

The Times, 18th April 2015
Of course today's line-up never knew Shostakovich, but they have inherited their predecessors' profound expressive power.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Concert Hall of the Victor Popov Academy of Choral (2015-01-14_2015-01-15&2015-).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 49
  • Notes: The Concert Hall of the Victor Popov Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (2015-01-14_2015-01-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
  • Notes: The Concert Hall of the Victor Popov Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (2015-01-14_2015-01-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 14 in F sharp major, Op. 142
  • Notes: The Concert Hall of the Victor Popov Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (2015-01-14_2015-01-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Pieces (2) for String Quartet
  • Notes: The Concert Hall of the Victor Popov Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (2015-01-14_2015-01-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931