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Alexander Borodin

St. Petersburg String Quartet

The String Quartets

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  • Type CD
  • Label Intergroove
  • UPC 0807297206524
  • Catalog number IGC 112
  • Release date 27 September 13

About the album

Launch of the St. Petersburg Classics series. All of these recordings were being made in the late 90s by Mazur Media in coproduction with Sony Classical, however, with a few exceptions, were never released. Technically these productions were far ahead of their time. For Sony it was a prestigious object to demonstrate the best recording technology possible at that time. Therefore all these recordings were being produced in 24 bit /96 hz High Definition Technology, which is still the ultimate of technical feasibility. By means of special High- Performance filters the masters were converted into the common CD standard 16 bit /44,1 hz almost without loss. The result is even today convincing by brilliant sound and incredible transparency, which projects the purity of the instruments as well as the acoustical background in the most natural way.

One of the handful of releases with both string quartets by Borodin. Borodin is considered to be one of the main representatives of late-romantic Russian chamber music. The two string quartets are ranking among his master works. Famous became the third movement of his second string quartet, an enchanting notturno, which constitutes the heyday of this work.

The St. Petersburg String Quartet was founded in 1985 as the Leningrad Quartet by Professor Vladimir Ovtcharek from graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Ovtcharek himself is the first violin of the famous Tanejev Quartet. Soon the young ensemble was taking part in many national and international competitions. In the first year of their existence they won the All-Russian Competition. In 1991 they competed for the fourth time in six years in the International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne and returned with a First Prize and the "Musica Viva" Grand Prix. In addition to taking part in competitions the musicians from St. Petersburg have made successful guest appearances in Europe, the USA and South-East Asia. They have also participated in the St. Petersburg Cultural Festival in Buenos Aires and in international festivals of contemporary music. This presupposes experience in the interpretation of new chamber music works, which have long since become a focal point of their repertoire. Of course works by Russian composers, such as Shostakovich, Borodin, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky, occupy an important place. 

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“Borodin’s First String Quarter has always lived in the shadow of the better known No 2.  Not her when, in vivid 24-bit sound the St Petersburg-ers invest both with ardent, intrinsically idiomatic life.”

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