Borodin – Shostakovich – Weinberg

Dragon Quartet, Ning Feng, Qin Liwei, Wang Xiaomao, Zheng Wenxiao

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256

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)

Tracklist

1.
String Quartet no. 2 in D major - I. Allegro moderato
08:09
2.
String Quartet no. 2 in D major - II. Scherzo - Allegro
04:13
3.
String Quartet no. 2 in D major - III. Nocturne - Andante
07:57
4.
String Quartet no. 2 in D major - IV. Finale - Andante-Vivace
06:32
5.
String Quartet no. 8 in C minor opus 110 - I. Largo
04:25
6.
String Quartet no. 8 in C minor opus 110 - II. Allegro molto
02:47
7.
String Quartet no. 8 in C minor opus 110 - III. Allegretto
04:18
8.
String Quartet no. 8 in C minor opus 110 - IV. Largo
04:32
9.
String Quartet no. 8 in C minor opus 110 - V. Largo
03:39
10.
String Quartet no. 5 in B flat major opus 27 - I. Melodia - Andante sostenuto
06:14
11.
String Quartet no. 5 in B flat major opus 27 - II. Humoreska - Andantino
05:14
12.
String Quartet no. 5 in B flat major opus 27 - III. Scherzo - Allegro molto
02:19
13.
String Quartet no. 5 in B flat major opus 27 - IV. Improvisation - Lento
05:22
14.
String Quartet no. 5 in B flat major opus 27 - V. Serenata - Moderato con moto
06:15

Total time: 01:11:56

Additional information

Label

SKU

40919

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Composers

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Genres

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Cables

Van den Hul

Digital Converters

Merging Technologies, HORUS

Editing Software

Pyramix Editing / Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis, custom design

Original Recording Format

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven, December 2017

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 256

Release Date March 1, 2019

Press reviews

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.

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.

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. (…)

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.

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