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 60th anniversary season in 2005.

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 with 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, 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 String Quartets nos. 1, 9 & 12 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
1993 String Quartet No. 2 op. 68 / String Quartet No. 12 op. 133 Shostakovich; Borodin String Quartet 1
1996 Piano Quintet / Piano Trio no. 2 Dmitri Shostakovich; Elisabeth Leonskaja, Borodin 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 60th Anniversary Borodin Quartet 1
2012 Debussy & Ravel Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel; Borodin Quartet 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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

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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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