PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY – String Quartet No.1
HUGO WOLF – Italian Serenade
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH – String Quartet No.15
RUBEN AHARONIAN, Violin
SERGEI LOMOVSKY, Violin
IGOR NAIDIN, Viola
VLADIMIR BALSHIN, Cello
For more than seventy years, the Borodin Quartet has been celebrated for its insight and authority. Particularly revered for its performances of Shostakovich, who personally supervised its study of his quartets, the Quartet is equally at home in music ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky. The Quartet regularly joins forces with other distinguished musicians to further explore the chamber music repertoire, and also receives invitations to give masterclasses and serve as jury members at major international competitions.
Tchaikovsky’s early string quartet, premiered when the composer was virtually unknown, was an instant success and remains one of his most popular works, largely due to the lovely melancholy folk song of the second movement. Wolf’s 1887 Italian Serenade, one of his few works other than lieder, mixes romantic sentiment and mocking wit in equal measure. Shostakovich’s fifteenth and final string quartet was composed while he was gravely ill. Its six linked adagio movements comprise a profound contemplation on death.
Photograph: Keith Saunders