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Borodin: String Quartet No. 1 in A Major; String Quartet No. 2 in D Major

Alexander Borodin , Borodin String Quartet Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Performer: Borodin String Quartet
  • Composer: Alexander Borodin
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI / Melodiya
  • ASIN: B000002ROX
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. String Quartet No. 1 In A: First Movement: Moderato - Allegro
2. String Quartet No. 1 In A: Second Movement: Andante con moto
3. String Quartet No. 1 In A: Third Movement: Scherzo (Prestissimo)
4. String Quartet No. 1 In A: Fourth Movement: Andante - Allegro risoluto
5. String Quartet No. 2 In D: First Movement: Allegro moderato
6. String Quartet No. 2 In D: Second Movement: Scherzo (Allegro)
7. String Quartet No. 2 In D: Third Movement: Notturno (Andante)
8. String Quartet No. 2 In D: Fourth Movement: Finale (Andante - Vivace)

Editorial Reviews

The Borodin Quartet plays the music of its namesake as to the manner born. Theirs is a beautiful, lush realization of this lyrical work, polished and full of nuance, and well-served by the 1980 analog recording. The coupling with Borodin's First Quartet is especially attractive. --Ted Libbey

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine, delicate sonority November 22, 2000
By smg
Format:Audio CD
Borodin's 2nd Quartet is a perfect example of the renaissance principle that beautiful music mimics the human voice. To the credit of the eponymous quartet, while listening to the notturno, I feel as if am being serenaded by a beautiful chanteuse. It is a movement of such profound elegance and feeling that one is disarmed by the experience, while the movements framing it are in turn lyrical and provocative. Certainly a keystone of the repertoire.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Why not be totally changed into fire?" March 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Abba Joseph once asked: "Why not be totally changed into fire?"
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Sublime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! February 11, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is probably Borodin Qt's greatest recording, even greater than their Shostakovich cycle. In both no.1 & 2, they achieve near-miracle performance with amazing technical perfection and warm autumanal tone. The famous Nocturne in the 2nd quartet is undescribably beautiful and even Borodin Qt's own later versions fall far short of sheer sublimity of the music making. Rarely performed Quartet No.1 is even greater work in many ways, and here Borodin Qt captures the rustic beauty of the music like no other ensemble could. Buy this one while availalbe (EMI has notorious habit of deleting great recordings while reissuing inferior recordings as Great Recordings of the Century!), you shall never regret.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush & Exalted February 10, 2007
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How else can one describe this incredibly soulful, beautiful recording of Borodin's string quartets (A & D Major)? In this case, Borodin (and the similarly-named quartet) proved the experts wrong in the common saying that the minor is richer than the major. Every movement is a gem played with heartfelt devoltion to the music and the man. The melodic lines are stunning, almost bitter sweet in their mournful rise and fall. The sheer inventiveness of the composer is apparent throughout. In other words, run (don't walk) to your nearest store and purchase this CD or but it off Amazon.

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+
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most moving performances ever! October 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a performance that one simply cannot come close to. The 2nd quartet is one of the most beautiful quartets of all time, played here with profound emotion and a sound that takes one to another world. This CD moved me to tears, I urge you to buy it. This music and the way it is performed by the Borodin String Quartet is simply in a class of it's own.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly beautiful February 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was exposed to lots of classical music growing up since my father was trained in the conservatory of music as a composer in Latvia, Riga. We would often sit quietly in the dark on the couch at night and listen to classical LP's. One of my favorites was an old Russian recording on the Melodia label of the Borodin String Quartet #2 in D. It is so lyrical and has tremendous depth as it builds in intensity. Simply put, the music is profoundly beautiful.

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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No. 1 is number one! March 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Does this recording live up to the rave reviews here on Amazon and elsewhere?

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.

Highly recommended.

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...there is an older recording by the Borodin Quartet with 2 different players, the
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Published 22 months ago by b - major
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss a chance to hear the music of Borodin
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Published on August 20, 2007 by BLB
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb recording of the Borodin quartets
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 more
Published on January 9, 2007 by John Fothergill
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless.
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 more
Published on December 28, 2006 by Richard Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars Run out now and buy! (Or e-mail now and buy...)
This is one of those discs that is just so incredible that all classical music lovers must own it.

The writing is very intense and beautiful (and from a part-timer, at... Read more
Published on October 31, 2006 by dm
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
I'll keep it short and echo other reviewers in saying this CD is stunningly beautiful, nourishing, and timeless. The Borodin Quartet play like no other ensemble I've heard. Read more
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