Russian string quartet formed by graduates of Moscow Conservatory in 1945. CDs on EMI, Teldec, Chandos and Onyx of complete Beethoven and Shostakovich quartets, among others.

Ruben Aharonian - violin     Igor Naidin - viola
Sergei Lomovsky - violin     Vladimir Balshin - cello

The Borodin Quartet is unquestionably one of the most astounding phenomena in the world of classical music. It was founded more than seventy years ago (1945), making it the world’s longest-lived ensemble of its kind. Two of its founding members were the famed violinist Rudolf Barshai and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. The latter withdrew after only a few weeks, but his successor, Valentin Berlinsky, remained until 2007 – a remarkable 62 years and probably a record. The Borodin Quartet was one of the Soviet Union’s best-known classical music ensembles in the West during the Cold War era, through concert performances in the United States and Europe and through distribution of its recordings. Although the Quartet has seen many changes in personnel over its life span, all its members have been graduates of the Moscow Conservatory. Its interpretations are celebrated for their intensity and focus. The “Russian grand masters” (Daily Telegraph Australia), with their special affinity for Russian music, have produced a rich heritage of recordings over several decades. The current ensemble is engaged in recording the complete cycle of all fifteen Shostakovich quartets.
4th LMMC appearance.


MYASKOVSKY          String Quartet in A minor, Opus 86
(1881-1950)                         Moderato
                                             Presto fantastico
                                             Andante con moto e molto cantabile
                                             Molto vivo, energico

SHOSTAKOVICH      String Quartet No. 6 in G major, Opus 101
(1906-1975)                         Allegretto
                                             Moderato con moto
                                             Lento - Allegretto

TCHAIKOVSKY        String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Opus 11
(1840-1893)                         Moderato e semplice - Allegro giusto
                                             Andante cantabile
                                             Scherzo: Allegro non tanto e con fuoco
                                             Finale: Allegro giusto - Allegro vivace