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Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 2; Sextet "Souvenir de Florence" / Borodin Quartet (rec. 1965)


Notes & Reviews:

The Borodin Quartet was founded in Moscow following World War II and to this day remains the most famous string quartet in Russia. Over its history it has featured many of the most brilliant performers in the Sovient Union/Russia, and this recording includes brilliant cello performances by the master Mstislav Rostropovich. Originally recorded for and released on the USSR state-owned Melodiya in the 1960s, this album of Tchaikovsky's most beloved string works is presented for the first time ever on budget CD.

The Second Quartet in particular is a most memorable piece, with its first-movement fusion of song, dance and symphonic rhetoric, its action-packed sequences and strong melodies... [On 'Souvenir',] Rostropovich is, of course, a compelling presence. Driving tempos, distinguished solo work, and an overall interpretation is notably exciting in its own right.

Penguin Guide
Both their earlier recordings (as here) are unassailable recommendations. Look no further.


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