Borodin: String Quartet No. 1 in A Major; String Quartet No. 2 in D Major
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This disc brings a similar question to mind--Why can't all recordings be this unbelievable?
This is one of the most beautiful discs in my entire collection. I have few that are as near to a realized ideal of perfection as this disc.
The Borodin String Quartet's performance grips one at the outset with the dreamlike opening of Borodin's String Quartet No. 1 in A. It takes complete hold of the listener and does not let them go until the Finale of Borodin's String Quartet No. 2 in D.
I cannot find words to describe this disc. I recommend it unreservedly. Get a copy today.
The answer, quite simply put, is yes.
BUT, am I the only person on this planet who believes the 1st string quartet to be the equal of, or superior to the 2nd? Sure, the 2nd has the sublime 3rd movement that we have all heard a million times, but just listen to the 3rd movement of the 1st quartet. You will not believe your ears upon hearing what appears to be an organ and glass harmonica, only to realize that it is in fact a STRING QUARTET!!!
This effect, achieved by Borodin, is one of the most surreal, ethereal, and novel sections of music ever conceived.
Why these quartets, especially the 1st, are not more popular is beyond me.
My life has been greatly enriched by this recording, and it's one of those rare musical experiences that makes you think "How did I survive all those years without this music in my head?"
Anyone whose music collection lacks this wonderful recording is not living life to its fullest.
This is not a cerebral (think Emerson Quartet) but a soulful performace, straight from the Grand Age of Composers when performers were called gentlemen and the audience had a knowledge of the music. As in all good quartets, there are no "standout" performances, just a seamless cohesion between the members. If anyone thinks this is recording is an exception they are mistaken. The Shoshtakovitch has as much heart (if not soul). An old tale circulates (confirmation?) that the artist (Shoshtakovitch) worked with the quartet during the process of composition, experimenting for the right sound(s). Beethoven is given a rich Romantic treatment (particularly the Große Fuge) and that is the way I always think of this group - an aristocratic, ensemble specializing in the type of music that they love - Brahms, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rachmoninov.
My Grade: A+
Later when I was in college, I found myself hearing those beautiful melodies from the Borodin quartet again in my mind. I sought out a classical music store and found this copy on tape performed by the Borodin String Quartet. Not knowing if this would be a favorable rendition, I decided to gamble and buy it. Later that night, I put this recording on my stereo and sat with my eyes closed while listening to one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard!
If you love Russian romantic classical music, then this rendition will move you beyond words. Not only are the musicians who perform in this recording masterful musical technicians, but pour their heart and soul into this piece. The contrasts between pianissimos and cresendos is phenomenal.
It puts a smile on my face when my children say, "Hey pop! Can we listen to the Borodin String Quartet tonight?!"
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Exactly what I wanted. Seller previewed the cd for flaws and mailed to me for ontime delivery. Thank you.Published 6 months ago by dorothy godwin
Alexander Borodin’s amateur status as a composer helped cause the gifted composer to complete and finalize just a handful of long works in his five and a half decades, with the two... Read morePublished 20 months ago by jt52
These two Strings Quartets composed by the Russian composer Alexander Borodin are two master and sublime for this kind of grouping works. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Manuel Carranza C
The Borodin String Quartet do more than simple justice to their namesake's pair of quartets. In these vintage recordings they extract the pure essence of the works, offering... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by J. R. Trtek
...there is an older recording by the Borodin Quartet with 2 different players, the
old group that was playing together for more than 20 years. Read more
If I had learned nothing from the lectures of Robert Greenburg other than the existence of the music of Borodin, I would still be indebted to him. Read morePublished on August 20, 2007 by BLB
Everyone here (a large family gathering)who has heard this recording over the Christmas period has been very impressed with its quality. I would strongly recommend it. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by John Fothergill
Borodin requires emotion, strength, and an understanding of both joy and melancholy. Originally recorded in 1980 by MELODIYA, the musicians and the recording quality go far beyond... Read morePublished on December 28, 2006 by Richard Frost