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String Quartet Op. 59 Nos. 1 And 3 (Borodin Quartet)

Borodin Quartet Audio CD
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  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0000VLSSM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, "Rasumovsky": I. AllegroBorodin Quartet10:34Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, "Rasumovsky": II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzandoBorodin Quartet 8:41Album Only
Listen  3. String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, "Rasumovsky": III. Adagio molto e mestoBorodin Quartet12:09Album Only
Listen  4. String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, "Rasumovsky": IV. Theme russe: AllegroBorodin Quartet 8:36Album Only
Listen  5. String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Rasumovsky": I. Introduzione: Andante con moto - Allegro vivaceBorodin Quartet10:59Album Only
Listen  6. String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Rasumovsky": II. Andante con moto quasi allegrettoBorodin Quartet10:05Album Only
Listen  7. String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Rasumovsky": III. Menuetto: GraziosoBorodin Quartet 5:240.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Rasumovsky": IV. Allegro moltoBorodin Quartet 6:320.59  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars It dosen't get any better than this! 6 July 2012
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These quartets (opus 59) of Beethoven belongs to the middle period of his output. No doubt that history proves that Beethoven revolutionised the tradition the string quartet, (as well as he did with the piano sonata/concert and symphony format) and playing these profound works is no easy task.

The Borodin Quartet's performances of this great music is deep, heartfelt with insight into the very core of the music - it simply, in my humble opinion, doesn't get any better than this. I have just realised that they have recorded all the string quartets of Beethoven and being in possession of volume 1 and 2 (Vol. 1 is opus 59, no. 1 & 3 - and vol. 2 is opus 59 no. 2 and opus 74 "Harp" and I can't wait to get hold of the rest.

The playing is precise but relaxed / warm but intense / and very dynamic and unified - and also the sound of the actual recording (released on Chandos) is excellent - very natural, warm but still full of detail.

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 2 July 2009
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The Borodins have certainly made these masterpieces their own. Well recorded and deeply felt, these performances rank among the very best and are more enjoyable to listen to than most others; this applies to every disc in the cycle, and I cannot see how anyone would be dissatisfied with the purchase of the entire cycle. I give it my highest recommendation
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply marvellous 23 July 2012
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I just have to share my view on this matter and of course my opinion will just be one among many - because there not one "true" performance, but just a lot of different ones, I guess, and mostly from very accomplished musicians - so it must be a matter of taste.

I read that one reviewer on Amazon preferred the version by the "Alban Berg Quartet" over this one here by the "Borodin Quartet". I have now - here in my Holidays - have the opportunity to compare them both and I for one disagree. To me the Alban Berg Quartet (ABQ) doesn't sound at all as committed as the Borodin (BQ). It is something that, to me, doesn't take very long time to discover why.

I've just compared the first movement of the "Harpe Quartet" opus 74 and the BQ has a much more lively, engaged and dedicated expression with lots of warmth, dynamics and balance - the last thing is very important... Here the ABQ sounds much more strict, 'hard' and not as musical engaged. A very obvious place to compare is when I first heard the version with ABQ - approximately 4 minutes into the 1st movement there is a passage where we have a slow melody on top, with a very busy and energetic cello/viola accompaniment at the same time - to me this at first didn't make sense - it sounded like they were fighting among each other... Put on the BQ and voila! Here it makes totally sense - so precise and with a great balance where the slow melody stands out and the busy runs forms a beautiful energetic accompanying contrast... To me; this must have been the composers intention. Also another great thing about the BQ is their dynamics - overall it sounds much more musical and 'round' than the ABQ, but when attack and strong playing is required - lo and behold - here is all you need and on top; played with surplus energy never sounding strained.

Well in short - I have heard the two Borodin CD's with Opus 59 and Opus 74 and to me this can't simply get any better - such dedication and such depth is exactly what these masterpieces crave. I can't wait to get my hands on their remaining recordings of Beethoven's string quartets.
And oh, the recording is great too - highly, highly recommended.
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