Borodin: The Two String Quartets

Borodin: The Two String Quartets


Artist: St. Petersburg String Quartet

Composer: Alexander Borodin

Format: 1 CD


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Alla Aranivska, first violin
lyaTeplyakov, second violin
Aleksey Koptev, viola
Leonid Shukaev, violoncello

As the hometown to both composer Alexander Borodin and the ensemble performing his works on this disc, St. Petersburg resonates throughout this recording. It was where Borodin was born, on November 12, 1833, to an elderly nobleman—although not officially. Tolstoy's Anna Karenina reminds us that it was the fashion of aristocrats in that time and place to keep young mistresses. When Prince Gedianov's son was born to his 24-year-old concubine, the boy was officially registered as the scion of one of the Prince's serfs, Porfiry Borodin.

—B. A Nilsson

Track List

String Quartet No. 1 in A Major
1. Moderato — Allegro 12:08
2. Andante con moto 7:36
3. Scherzo: Prestissimo — Trio: Moderato 4:59
4. Andante — Allegro risoluto 10:35

String Quartet No. 2 in D Major
5. Allegro moderato 8:46
6. Scherzo: Allegro 5:14
7. Notturno: Andante 8:11
8. Finale: Andante — Vivace 6:20

Total time: 63:49
Release date: 2001
UPC: 053479030726

It’s quite enjoyable, and if you don’t know these pieces, you’ve got quite a treat in store.
— Victor Carr Jr.,

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