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String Quartets - Borodin, Weinberg, Shostakovich

Dragon Quartet

Alexander Borodin, Dmitri Shostakovich, Mieczyslaw Weinberg

SKU: 40919

Year of release: 2019

String Quartet no. 2 in D major 27:17
1. I. Allegro moderato Alexander Borodin 08:15
2. II. Scherzo: Allegro Alexander Borodin 04:18
3. III. Nocturne: Andante Alexander Borodin 08:00
4. IV. Finale: Andante-Vivace Alexander Borodin 06:42
String Quartet no. 8 in C minor opus 110 20:06
5. I. Largo Dmitri Shostakovich 04:25
6. II. Allegro molto Dmitri Shostakovich 02:47
7. III. Allegretto Dmitri Shostakovich 04:18
8. IV. Largo Dmitri Shostakovich 04:33
9. V. Largo Dmitri Shostakovich 04:01
String Quartet no. 5 in B flat major opus 27 25:43
10. I. Melodia: Andante sostenuto Mieczyslaw Weinberg 06:25
11. II. Humoreska: Andantino Mieczyslaw Weinberg 05:16
12. III. Scherzo: Allegro molto Mieczyslaw Weinberg 02:21
13. IV. Improvisation: Lento Mieczyslaw Weinberg 05:23
14. V. Serenata: Moderato con moto Mieczyslaw Weinberg 06:16
Total time: 73:07

About this album

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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Reviews

Klassieke Zaken

(...) 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. (...)

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.

BBC Music Magazine

The Dragons play Borodin's Second with affection and a natural flow

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.

Gramophone

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.

Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Mastering EquimentAmplifier: Classe 5200 | Cables: Van den Hul (exclusive use of Van den Hul cables)
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
EditingJared Sacks
CablesVan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis, custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording Notes

Special thanks to Mr. Chong Long for his generosity and support for this recording.

Recording FormatDSD 256
Analog To Digital ConverterMerging Horus
Recording DateDecember 2017
Recording LocationMuziekgebouw Eindhoven, Netherlands
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProductionJared Sacks