After starting the 2015/16 Season at Wigmore Hall where they continued their complete journey of Beethoven and Shostakovich String Quartets, the Borodin Quartet brings its 70th anniversary celebrations to the USA. How appropriate that the world’s most famous Russian quartet marks 70 successful years of music making with performances of three of their countrymen’s most celebrated composers: their namesake Borodin; Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. However for their opening concert at the Kimmel Centre in Philadelphia they are also joined by cellist David Finckel for Schubert’s String Quintet in C major, D. 956.
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Returning to London after their last visit in April, praise was once again showered upon the Borodin Quartet last weekend when they returned for two more concerts of their Beethoven and Shostakovich cycle as part of their 70th anniversary world tour. The critics have been unanimous in their verdicts:
“Beethoven’s ‘Harp’ Quartet, Op 74 brought out a dense, rich tone. […] they can take his [Shostakovich’s] notes and make them sound more right than almost any other ensemble. The Borodins – with Ruben Aharonian’s violin singing impossibly sweetly on top – made the whole thing flow as naturally as