Borodin - The String Quartets
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Label: Intergroove Classics
Cat No: IGC112
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 20th January 2014
ArtistsSt Petersburg String Quartet
The launch of the St Petersburg Classics series. All of these recordings were made in the late 90s by Mazur Media in coproduction with Sony Classical but, with a few exceptions, they were never released. Technically, these productions were far ahead of their time. For Sony it was prestigious to demonstrate the best recording technology possible at that time. All these recordings were therefore produced in 24 bit /96 hz High Definition Technology, which is still the ultimate in 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 - brilliant sound and incredible transparency, which projects the purity of the instruments as well as the acoustic background in a very natural way.
This is one of only a handful of releases containing 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 rank among his master works, with the famous third movement of his second string quartet, an enchanting notturno, constituting 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. They are experienced 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, also occupy an important place in their repertoire.
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