Eine klare, tonlich wunderschöne Interpretation dieses bei uns viel zu unbekannten Kammermusikwerks! Eine Musik und Aufnahmequalität zum Genießen und Träumen für alle Freunde der Kammermusik und insbesondere der deutschen Romantik.
Some of Borodin's themes seem familiar. They will be. Many of them have been used in other guises (Kismet, for example). I read somewhere that Borodin was the most prolific composer of chamber music of his time in Russia. A hobby composer really. A scientist by profession. But his writing for strings is out of this world and I recommend these recordings to all chamber music lovers, but especially if you've never bought a chamber music recording before. It's an easier initiation than the high classic quartets of Beethoven!
The unprepossessing cover of this 3-CD set belies the gems to be found and enjoyed within. If Borodin was anything as a composer he was a melodist par excellence. This is not to say his music lacks anything in structural or rhythmic attractiveness, but his gift for melody goes straight to the heart of the listener. For this compilation of his chamber music a most attractive 3-hour program has been assembled that will reward anyone willing to invest the small sum required. The Second String Quartet (whose melodies were mined for the musical "Kismet") may already be familiar, the First Quartet perhaps less so, but try the prestissimo Scherzo with its delightful Trio played in harmonics. In the String Quintet in F minor the fourth movement provides an attractively tuneful finale that is unforgettable. The chamber music with piano is represented by the Piano Quintet in C minor and the gorgeous Piano Trio in D with its captivating first movement and third movement "Minuet" that sounds like a rustic and slightly tipsy waltz. You won't be able to prevent yourself from smiling. Two String Trios, a short Serenata for string quartet and the String Sextet in D minor are also included - an incredible 9 works! Performances are by the Moscow String Quartet and Moscow Trio, superlative artists all, and the recordings have a very pleasing bloom and presence. This delightful issue is a joy from start to finish and cannot be recommended highly enough.