Celebrating a milestone 70th-anniversary year, the Borodin Quartet has signed to Decca Classics for a major series of recordings of the music of Shostakovich. The project will comprise the composer’s complete works for string quartet.
The first release is out now and it features String Quartets 1, 8 and 14, plus the Elegy and Polka (Adagio and Allegretto).
Here is what the critics say:
“Has the Borodin Quartet inherited a musical style through its DNA?
There have been many changes to the membership of the Quartet since it was founded 70 years ago, but its close
The Legendary Borodin Quartet Signs to Decca
Celebrating a milestone 70th-anniversary year, the world-leading Borodin Quartet has signed to Decca Classics for a major series of recordings of the music of Shostakovich.
The centrepiece of this landmark season, the Shostakovich project will comprise the composer’s complete works for string quartet. No quartet performs Russian repertoire better than the authoritative players of the Borodin Quartet – Shostakovich himself personally supervised the ensemble’s study of each of his quartets and a profound understanding of his music has been passed down through the generations.
An initial release
Borodin Quartet: Sound Quality Legendary ensemble performs four-concert series of works by Beethoven and Shostakovich at Wigmore Hall* next April and June
“Here we have not four individual players, but a single sixteen-stringed instrument of great virtuosity”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gerhard Rohde, October 2013
When four students assembled at the Moscow Conservatory to play string quartets one afternoon in 1945, they unknowingly set the foundations for what soon became one of the world’s finest chamber music ensembles. The Borodin Quartet ranks today among the great names in music-making, universally acclaimed for the richness of its sound, the profound