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Borodin, Stravinsky, Myaskovsky Quartets / Borodin Quartet

Borodin / Borodin Quartet / Stravinsky
Release Date: 06/08/2010 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4051  
Composer:  Alexander BorodinNikolay MyaskovskyIgor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The new membership of the Borodin Quartet may or may not be deemed as good as the older incarnations of the same group, but each is a distinctly different group with a unique approach. The older incarnations featured sumptuous textures, voluptuous phrasing, and warmly expressive interpretations, while the newest features lean textures, clean phrasing, and expressive but not nearly as open-hearted interpretations. Yet this 2010 disc of works by Borodin, Stravinsky, and Myaskovsky is indisputably superlative. The new group's take on Borodin's ultra-Romantic First Quartet is tighter and more muscular than the older group's, but no less lovely and no less moving. Better yet is the hard-edged yet thoroughly enthralling account of Stravinsky's Read more archly modernist Concertino, but best of all is the reading of Myaskovsky's deeply affecting Thirteenth String Quartet. From start to finish, the musicians are under the skin of the music, and their keen enthusiasm makes the strongest possible case for this little known work. Captured in amazingly present digital sound, this disc deserves to be heard by anyone who enjoys great chamber music playing.

-- All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major by Alexander Borodin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1879; Russia 
Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, Op. 86 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
Concertino for String Quartet by Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 

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