The Borodin Quartet recently marked its 70th anniversary, and while the individual players may have changed, the quartet’s special relationship with Shostakovich remains resolute and their interpretations still carry tremendous gravitas.
Tchaikovsky’s early string quartet is one of his most popular works, largely due to the lovely melancholy folk song of the second movement. Wolf’s 1887 Italian Serenade mixes romantic sentiment and mocking wit. Shostakovich’s fifteenth and final string quartet, composed while he was gravely ill, links six adagio movements in a profound contemplation on death.
TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet no. 1
WOLF Italian Serenade
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet no. 15 in E-flat minor, Op. 144
"Fierce, formidable and authoritative.. .the gold standard for Russian chamber music." THE GUARDIAN
Ruben Aharonian: violin
Sergei Lomovsky: violin
Igor Naidin: viola
Vladimir Balshin: cello
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