Great Russian String Quartets

Great Russian String Quartets
Great Russian String Quartets

Great Russian String Quartets

Borodin Quartet
(Borodin, Tchaikovsky)
Shostakovich Quartet
(Glazunov, Shostakovich)
American String Quartet
(Prokofiev)

Catalogue Number: ALC 6006
Number of Discs: 1
Date/Runtime: DDD/ADD 1974-88 398 minutes





(Borodin) “movement-by-movement comparison makes it clear that …the Borodins win hands down … their internal balance at every point is irreproachable (Gramophone) (Glazunov): “reconciliation between the traditions of Borodin and Tchaikovsky … Shostakovich Quartet have great feeling for this music and play with real conviction” (Penguin Guide); (Tchaikovsky): “their earlier recordings (as here) are unassailable recommendations. Look no further” (Penguin Guide); (Prokofiev): “an excellent performance, which at times even matches the abandon and attack of the Hollywoods. The Second a work of real quality which has the astringent flavouring and poetic flair that characterize Prokofiev at his best” (Gramophone) (Shostakovich): “(They)…bring a special intensity to this repertoire as well as effortless technical address, and a tonal blend which gives their readings a strong claim on the collector’s allegiance.” (©Penguin Guide 3 stars)

  • Alexander Borodin (1833-87) Disc A
    STRING QUARTETS No.l (1877-9) and No.2 (1881)
  • String Quartet No.1 in A major
  • [1] Moderato – Allegro 13:40
  • [2] Andante con moto 8:20
  • [3] Scherzo: Prestissimo 5:25
  • [4] Andante – Allegro risoluto 10:34
  • String Quartet No.2 in D major
  • [5] Allegro moderato 7:53
  • [6] Scherzo: Allegro 4:47
  • [7] Nocturne: Andante 8:12
  • [8] Finale: Andante – Vivace 6:51
  • ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Disc B
    String Quartets No. 3 in G major op.26 “Slavonic”;
    No.5 in D minor Op.70; Music From “The Fridays”
    String Quartet No.3 in G major, Op.26 (28:04)
  • [1] I. Moderato 5:37
  • [2] II. Interlude. Moderato 5:14
  • [3] III. In Mazurka Style. Allegretto 6:00
  • [4] IV. Finale. Une fete slave. Allegro moderato 11:12
  • String Quartet No.5 in D minor, Op.70 (28:53)
  • [5] I. Andante – Allegro 9:19
  • [6] II. Scherzo. Allegretto 4:22
  • [7] III. Adagio 8:04
  • [8] IV. Finale. Allegro 7:06
  • “The Fridays” cycle for String Quartet:
  • [09] Prelude & Fugue (Book 1, No.1) 10:22
  • [10] Kuranta (Book II, No.6) 2:04
  • SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Disc C
    String Quartets Nos.1 & 2
    String Quartet No.l in B minor, Op.50 (26:21)
  • 1.   Allegro 8 :07
  • 2.       Andante molto. Vivace 7:00
  • 3.       Andante 11:09
  • String Quartet No.2 in F major, Op.92 (23:40)
  • 4.       Allegro sostenuto 6:33
  • 5.       Adagio 8:26
  • 6.       Allegro 8:37
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-93) Disc D
    String Quartets No.1, No.2
    String Quartet No.1 in D major, Op.11
  • [1] Moderato e semplice  10:26
  • [2] Andante cantabile  6:35
  • [3] Scherzo: Allegro non tanto  3:43
  • [4] Finale: Allegro giusto  6:42
  • String Quartet No.2 in F major, Op.22
  • [5] Adagio  –  Moderato assai  11:36
  • [6] Scherzo: Allegro giusto  5:23
  • [7] Andante ma non tanto  12:23
  • [8] Finale: Allegro con moto  5:42
  • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75) Disc E
    GREAT STRING QUARTETS Nos. 4, 8, 10
    String Quartet No.4 in D Major, Op.83 (1949) 24:36
  • 1. I. Allegretto 3:55
  • 2. II. Andantino 7:18
  • 3. III. Allegretto – IV. Allegretto 13:22
  • String Quartet No.8 in C Minor, Op.110 (1960) 20:53
  • 4. I. Largo 4:39
  • 5. II. Allegro molto 2:45
  • 6. III. Allegretto 4:33
  • 7. IV. Largo 5:28
  • 8. V. Largo 3:26
  • String Quartet No.10 in Ab Major, Op.118 (1964) 23:57
  • 9. I. Andante 4:10
  • 10. II. Allegretto furioso 4:10
  • 11. III. Adagio 6:34
  • 12. IV. Allegretto – Andante 9:01
  • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75) Disc F
    GREAT STRING QUARTETS Nos. 7, 9, 11, 13
    String Quartet No.7 in F# Minor, Op.108 (1960)* 12:06
  • [1] I. Allegretto 3:17 [2] II. Lento 3:18
  • [3] III. Allegro – Allegretto 5:30
  • String Quartet No.9 in Eb Major, Op.117 (1964)* 28:22
  • [4] I. Moderato con moto 4:15 [5] II. Adagio 4:42
  • [6]. III. Allegretto 3:53 [7] IV. Adagio 4:42 [8] V. Allegro 10:47
  • String Quartet No.11 in F Minor, Op.122 (1966)** 16:38
  • [9] I. Introduction: Andantino 2:11 [10] II. Scherzo: Allegretto 2:40
  • [11] III. Recitative: Adagio 1:27 [12] IV. Etude: Allegro 1:15
  • [13] V. Humoresque: Adagio 1:08 [14] VI. Elegy: Adagio 4:31
  • [15] VII. Finale: Moderato 3:22
  • String Quartet No.13 in Bb Minor, Op.138 (1970)**
  • [16] Adagio – Doppio movimento – Tempo primo 18:12