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Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Shostakovich: String Quartets

Release Date: 12/29/1989 
Label:  London/Decca Chamber Mus Series Catalog #: 425541   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyAlexander BorodinDmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli String QuartetBorodin String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A slightly curious compilation (two Russian performances dating from 1962, one English from 1976) but an attractive one, and very good value. I had not heard the Gabrieli's Tchaikovsky before, and liked it a great deal: properly chamber-scale, in colour as well as tone of voice, and nice underlining of the lyricism in even Tchaikovsky's most exuberant pages. The Borodin play their eponymous composer's affectionate tribute to his wife with a charming demureness shading the ardour, and in the sharply characterized finale manage even to hint that Shostakovich (and in C minor after all this D major!) will be the next composer on the programme. He is, and their reading of his Eighth Quartet is nobly expressive as well as exhaustingly virtuoso. Read more As a tiny bonus for Shostakovich scholars there is even an interesting variant reading towards the end of the third movement. The recordings still sound very well, slightly close but very clean for the Gabrieli, a little more open for the Borodin.

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [5/1990]
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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Russia 
Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major by Alexander Borodin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 
Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.11: 1. Moderato e semplice
String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.11: 2. Andante cantabile
String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.11: 3. Scherzo & Trio. Allegro non tanto e con fuoco
String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.11: 4. Finale. Allegro giusto
String Quartet No.2 in D: 1. Allegro
String Quartet No.2 in D: 2. Scherzo
String Quartet No.2 in D: 3. Notturno
String Quartet No.2 in D: 4. Finale
String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110: 1. Largo
String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110: 2. Allegro molto
String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110: 3. Allegretto
String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110: 4. Largo
String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110: 5. Largo

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