Founded in 1946 The Borodin Quartet adopted the composer's name in 1955 and his masterpiece became their signature tune. They've recorded it several times but this account is the best though its provenance is unclear; apparently recorded in Moscow in 1965 it was available for years rather mysteriously on the Chandos label but this bright 2005 transfer restores it to its rightful origins. The Borodin, with the classic personnel they maintained for two decades simply possess the work conveying its every emotional nuance. Though a song-like lyricism is its essence the Borodins are attentive to the quartet's range of moods; their sense of tempo is perfect so that even at its most melodic… Read more
Few artists can sustain the wide range of colours and expressive devices that this song cycle calls for but Christianne Stotjin rises to its demands. Die Weise is a masterpiece, one of the most powerful and profound song cycles of the last century and unquestionably one of its best kept secrets. This fine account serves it very well indeed.
For once Melodiya's sound is at least as good as the other transfers I have heard, and the performance is one in which line and momentary details are both memorably realised; in which grandeur, mystery and excitement seem inseparably fused and Bruckner's score appears a vast, living organism rather than an equally imposing but static monument.