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Boris Tishchenko: String Quartets Vol 1 / Glazunov Quartet

Release Date: 04/09/1996 
Label:  Olympia   Catalog #: 547   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Boris Tischschenko
Performer:  Elena ErofeyevaInna PeskovaElena KharitonovaOlga Kolgatina,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glazunov String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances by the Glazunov Quartet are as gritty and forthright as these works by Shostakovich's favorite pupil demand.

Ever since Olympia's sensational CD of Tishchenko's Second Violin Concerto (12/88) 1 have been searching for other works by Shostakovich's 'favourite pupil' which would live up to its level of inspiration. This new issue of two of his string quartets doesn't quite do that, but it does at least contain music of a quality not wholly eclipsed by his teacher.

Tishchenko can emulate the obsessiveness of Shostakovich without sounding second-hand. His music has rhythmic backbone, not being afraid of crotchets and quavers, but not making a fetish out of them either. It is remarkable to
Read more discover that the First Quartet is the work of an 18-year-old, written long before he began his studies with Shostakovich. True it is somewhat short (it lasts a mere 13 minutes) and underdeveloped, as though he was still testing the water, and the aggressive dance of the second movement is eclipsed by its counterpart in the Fourth Quartet, while the last movement ducks the issues somewhat. But the opening slow movement is successful in elevating introversion to the main topic for discussion, and its harmonic control and calculated openendedness are admirable. Plenty of student quartets get written, but few could survive the critical scrutiny of maturity as well as this one can.

The Fourth Quartet goes to the other extreme of length, its live attacca movements lasting a full 47 minutes. The barbaric central movement, exhausting in its remorseless intensity, makes the strongest initial impression, and I cannot honestly say that the rest of the piece entirely sustains its exceptional length. But the intriguing, spectral silences and long arcs of dramatic tension of the first two movements are deeply impressive, as are the catatonic cello of the fourth movement and the shell-shocked ostinato, jazzy overlay and deliberate non-tying of loose ends in the finale.

The performances by the Glazunov Quartet are as gritty and forthright as the music demands. There are some audible edits, but otherwise the recording is close and clear, maximizing the impact of the playing. These are welcome additions to the catalogue and I await the next instalments with interest.

-- Gramophone [7/1996]
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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 8 by Boris Tischschenko
Performer:  Elena Erofeyeva (Cello), Inna Peskova (Viola), Elena Kharitonova (Violin),
Olga Kolgatina (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glazunov String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Grand Studio, Melodiya, Moscow 
Length: 12 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Quartet for Strings no 4, Op. 77 by Boris Tischschenko
Performer:  Inna Peskova (Viola), Natalia Kolgatina (Violin), Olga Kolgatina (Violin),
Elena Erofeyeva (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glazunov String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Grand Studio, Melodiya, Moscow 
Length: 47 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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