String Quartets – Borodin, Weinberg, Shostakovich
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Alexander Borodin composed one of the most popular debut cd pieces in the romantic quartet repertoire, probably because it is a sort of love letter dedicated to Borodin’s wife Ekaterina. (…) Dmitri Shostakovich composed an autobiography in music: After twenty-five years of ‘inner emigration’ he allowed himself once more to be personal, even if only in words to the wise. (…) And the third composer on this recording was was considered a well-kept secret of the Soviet Union for long for the western world: Moisei Vainberg, or (likewise in Russian) Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
– Clemens Romijn (excerpt from liner notes)
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<p>Special thanks to Mr. Chong Long for his generosity and support for this recording.</p>
Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Netherlands
BBC Music Magazine
The Dragons play Borodin’s Second with affection and a natural flow
The young Chinese musicians of the Dragon Quartet here follow up their first disc for Channel Classics (of Schubert and Dvorák) with a programme of Russian quartets that confirms their right to be considered alongside the best of their Western counterparts. (…) Close but not oppressive recorded balance enhances the attractions of the disc, which, to say the least, makes an impressive calling card.
MusicWeb International, Review #1
Buy this for the superb, and superbly performed, Weinberg Quartet , and the other works will give much pleasure. (…) As a programme, this is an interesting one. (…) Channel’s recording is wonderfully clear and detailed, doing justice to the innate qualities of this young quartet.
MusicWeb International, Review #2
(…) The Dragon Quartet displays its talent in a attractive and characterful account. (…) few quartets play as adeptly throughout, with such outstanding unity and precision. (…) The recording was made at Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven: excellent sound, first-class clarity, presence and balance. Clemens Romijn’s booklet notes are informative and easy to read. Brimming with character, these are beautifully judged performances, with especially impressive shaping of phrasing and dynamics.
(…) Niet alleen bespelen de Chinezen – tevens succesvol als solist of als aanvoerder in een symfonieorkest – hun instrument op hoog niveau en is er uiterst gewetensvol en minutieus gewerkt aan de ideale balans en samenklank, ook slagen ze er wonderwel in om de inhoud en sfeer van de muziek helder, geloofwaardig én boeiend boven tafel te krijgen. In combinatie met de prachtige opnamekwaliteit van Channel Classics is deze cd echt een juweeltje. (…)
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