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Great Russian String Quartets: Borodin, Glazunov, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich / Borodin SQ; Shostakovich SQ; American SQ

Audio Samples

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major: I. Moderato – Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major: II. Andante con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  3. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major: III. Scherzo: Prestissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  4. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major: IV. Andante – Allegro risoluto
  5. String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  6. String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: II. Scherzo: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: III. Nocturne: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  8. String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: IV. Finale: Andante – Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  9. String Quartet No. 3 in G Major, Op. 26 "Slavonic": I. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  10. String Quartet No. 3 in G Major, Op. 26 "Slavonic": II. Interlude: Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  11. String Quartet No. 3 in G Major, Op. 26 "Slavonic": III. In Mazurka Style. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. String Quartet No. 3 in G Major, Op. 26 "Slavonic": IV. Finale. Une fete slave. Allegro moderato
  13. String Quartet No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 70: I. Andante – Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  14. String Quartet No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 70: II. Scherzo: Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  15. String Quartet No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 70: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  16. String Quartet No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 70: IV. Finale. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. "The Fridays" cycle for string quartet: Prelude & Fugue (Book 1, No. 1)
  18. "The Fridays" cycle for string quartet: Kuranta (Book II, No. 6) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. String Quartet No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 50: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  20. String Quartet No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 50: II. Andante molto – Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  21. String Quartet No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 50: III. Andante
  22. String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92: I. Allegro sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  23. String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  24. String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  25. String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: I. Moderato e semplice
  26. String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: II. Andante cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  27. String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: III. Scherzo: Allegro non tanto $0.99 on iTunes
  28. String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: IV. Finale: Allegro giusto $0.99 on iTunes
  29. String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22: I. Adagio – Moderato assai
  30. String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22: II.Scherzo: Allegro giusto $0.99 on iTunes
  31. String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22: III. Andante ma non tanto
  32. String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22: IV. Finale: Allegro con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  33. String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  34. String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: II. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  35. String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: III. Allegretto – IV. Allegretto
  36. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  37. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  38. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  39. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: IV. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  40. String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: V. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  41. String Quartet No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 118: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  42. String Quartet No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 118: II. Allegretto furioso $0.99 on iTunes
  43. String Quartet No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 118: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  44. String Quartet No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 118: IV. Allegretto – Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  45. String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  46. String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: II. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  47. String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: III. Allegro – Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  48. String Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117: I. Moderato con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  49. String Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  50. String Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major
>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
>Glazunov, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 3 in G major ("Slavonic"), Op. 26
>Glazunov, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 5 in D minor, Op. 70
>Glazunov, Alexander : Prelude and Fugue for string quartet in D minor (for collaborative work "Les Vendredis," Book 1, no
>Glazunov, Alexander : Courante for string quartet in G major (for collaborative work "Les Vendredis," Book 2, no 6)
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Quartet for Strings no 1 in B minor, Op. 50
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major ("Kabardinian"), Op. 92
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 22
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 10 in A flat major, Op. 118
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 9 in E flat major, Op. 117
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 122
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 13 in Bb Minor, Op. 138
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone
Movement-by-movement comparison makes it clear that the Borodins win hands down. Their internal balance at every point is irreproachable.

Penguin Guide
Reconciliation between the traditions of Borodin and Tchaikovsky... Shostakovich Quartet have great feeling for this music and play with real conviction.

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

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Moscow (05/24/1982/05/25/1982); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (05/24/1982/05/25/1982); The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, (05/24/1982/05/25/1982); The State Radio (05/24/1982/05/25/1982); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (05/24/1982/05/25/1982); Moscow (1963); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1963); The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, (1963); The State Radio (1963); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1963); Moscow (1964); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1964); The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, (1964); The State Radio (1964); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1964); Moscow (1965); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1965); The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, (1965); The State Radio (1965); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1965); Moscow (1974); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1974); The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, (1974); The State Radio (1974); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1974); Moscow (1975); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1975); The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, (1975); The State Radio (1975); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1975); Moscow (1978-1988); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1978-1988); The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, (1978-1988); The State Radio (1978-1988); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1978-1988); Moscow (1979); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1979); The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, (1979); The State Radio (1979); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1979); Moscow (1980-1985); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1980-1985); The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, (1980-1985); The State Radio (1980-1985); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1980-1985); Moscow (1980-1988); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1980-1988); The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, (1980-1988); The State Radio (1980-1988); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1980-1988).



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Works Details

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major
  • Ensemble: Borodin String Quartet
  • Running Time: 37 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1879

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
  • Ensemble: Shostakovich String Quartet
  • Running Time: 27 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Glazunov, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 3 in G major ("Slavonic"), Op. 26
  • Ensemble: American String Quartet
  • Notes: The State Radio (1979); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1979)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1888

>Glazunov, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 5 in D minor, Op. 70
  • Notes: The State Radio (1975); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1975)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1898

>Glazunov, Alexander : Prelude and Fugue for string quartet in D minor (for collaborative work "Les Vendredis," Book 1, no
  • Notes: The State Radio (1974); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1974)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Glazunov, Alexander : Courante for string quartet in G major (for collaborative work "Les Vendredis," Book 2, no 6)
  • Notes: The State Radio (1974); TV Moscow Central Recording Studio (1974)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Quartet for Strings no 1 in B minor, Op. 50
  • Notes: The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York (05/24/1982/05/25/1982)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1930

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major ("Kabardinian"), Op. 92
  • Notes: The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York (05/24/1982/05/25/1982)
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1941

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11
  • Notes: Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1963); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1965)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 22
  • Notes: Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1963); Studio 1 of Moscow Radio (1965)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1874

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1949

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 10 in A flat major, Op. 118
  • Notes: Composition written: 1964.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 9 in E flat major, Op. 117
  • Notes: Composition written: 1964.
  • Running Time: 27 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 122
  • Notes: Composition written: 1966.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 13 in Bb Minor, Op. 138 :: Adagio - Doppio movimento - Tempo primo
  • Notes: Composition written: 1969-70.
  • Running Time: 18 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969-1970