Borodin Quartet

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The Borodin Quartet is a string quartet that was founded in 1945 in the then Soviet Union. It is one of the world's longest lasting string quartets, having marked its 70th anniversary season in 2015.

The quartet was one of the Soviet Union's best known in the West during the Cold War era, through concert performances in the United States and Europe and through distribution of their recordings.

The quartet had a close relationship with composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who personally consulted them on each of his quartets. They also performed with the pianist Sviatoslav Richter on many occasions. They have recorded all of Shostakovich's string quartets as well as all of Beethoven's quartets. Their many recordings include works by a wide range of composers on the Melodiya, Teldec, Virgin Records, and Chandos Records labels.

The original Borodin quartet's sound was characterised by an almost symphonic volume and a highly developed ability to phrase whilst maintaining group cohesion. Although it has seen many changes in personnel over its life span, all members of the quartet have been graduates of the Moscow Conservatory.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Quartet no. 3 for Two Violins and Cello in B-flat major, op. 67 Johannes Brahms; Borodin Quartet 1
1985 The Quartets Shostakovitch; Borodin Quartet 1
1987 String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (The Borodin String Quartet) Borodin; Borodin String Quartet 1
1987 String Quartets nos. 1, 9 & 12 Shostakovich; Borodin String Quartet 1
1987 String Quartets nos. 4, 6 & 11 Dmitri Shostakovich; Borodin String Quartet 1
1987 String Quartets nos. 10, 13 & 14 Dmitri Shostakovich; Borodin String Quartet 1
1988 String Quartet op. 30 / String Sextet "Souvenir de Florence" Tchaikovsky; Borodin Quartet, Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman 1
1991 String Quartets nos. 3, 7, 8 Dmitri Shostakovich; Borodin String Quartet 1
1991 Variations on a Rococo Theme / Souvenir de Florence P. Tchaikovsky; The Borodin Quartet, M. Rostropovich, G. Talalyan, Геннадий Николаевич Рождественский 1
1992 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 / Elegy for String Quartet / Beethoven: Grosse Fuge Shostakovich, Beethoven; Borodin Quartet 1
1993 String Quartet No. 2 op. 68 / String Quartet No. 12 op. 133 Shostakovich; Borodin String Quartet 1
1995 String Quintet Franz Schubert; Borodin Quartet, Misha Milman 1
1995 String Quartet no. 2 / Piano Quintet Brahms; Borodin Quartet, Elizo Virzaladze 1
1996 Piano Quintet / Piano Trio no. 2 Dmitri Shostakovich; Elisabeth Leonskaja, Borodin Quartet 2
1997 Complete String Quartets Dmitri Shostakovich; Borodin Quartet, Sviatoslav Richter 2
1998 String Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven; Borodin String Quartet 1
1999 String Quartets nos. 2, 3, 7, 8, 12 Dmitry Shostakovich; Borodin String Quartet 1
2000 String Quartets D. 87 & D. 804 "Rosamunde" / Quartettsatz Franz Schubert; Borodin String Quartet 1
2003 Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings / Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, KV 421 Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Borodin Quartet 1
2004 Beethoven String Quartets, Volume 3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Borodin Quartet 2
2005 String Quartets, Volume 5 Ludwig van Beethoven; Borodin Quartet 1
2005 60th Anniversary Borodin Quartet 1
2006 String Quartets Volume 6: Complete Opus 18 Beethoven; Borodin Quartet 1
2012 Debussy & Ravel Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel; Borodin Quartet 1
Piano Quartet no. 2 in A major Johannes Brahms; Borodin Quartet, Sviatoslav Richter 1
Schubert: String Quartet no. 14 'Death and the Maiden' / Schumann: Piano Quintet op. 44 Schubert, Schumann; Borodin Quartet, Sviatoslav Richter 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 "Trout" Quintet D 667; "Wanderer-Fantasie" D 760 Franz Schubert; Святослав Теофилович Рихтер & Borodin Quartet 1
2003 String Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven; Borodin String Quartet 1
2008 String Quartet op. 96 "American" / String Quartet no. 2 / String Quartet no. 8, op. 110 Dvořák, Borodin, Shostakovich; Janáček Quartet, Borodin Quartet 1
2009 Complete String Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven; Borodin Quartet 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Piano Quintets in A major, op. 5 & op. 81 Dvořák; Borodin Quartet, Sviatoslav Richter 4 2
2001 Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 8 / Borodin: String Quartet no. 2 / Ravel: String Quartet in F Shostakovich, Borodin, Ravel; Borodin Quartet 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
String Quartets, Volume 4 Ludwig van Beethoven; Borodin Quartet 1
String Quartets, Volume 5 Ludwig van Beethoven; Borodin Quartet 1
String Quartets, Volume 6 Ludwig van Beethoven; Borodin Quartet 1

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