Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Shostakovich: String Quartets
Gabrieli String Quartet; Borodin String Quartet
Universal Music
Catalogue No.

Tchaikovsky’s First Quartet, Borodin’s Second and Shostakovich’s Eighth are three of the finest quartets in the Russian repertory. They reveal that Russian composers were hardly less at home in the relatively private medium of the string quartet than when writing for the more spectacular full symphony orchestra. Both the Tchaikovsky and the Borodin have received fame beyond the originals for their slow movements – the Tchaikovsky for its ‘Andante cantabile’, the Borodin for its ‘Nocturne’. The Gabrielis were one of the first ensemble to make stereo recordings of all three quartets and the Borodins’ 1962 recording (their original line-up) of the Borodin and Shostakovich quartets is one of the great chamber music recordings of all time.


TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartet No. 1
Gabrieli String Quartet

BORODIN: String Quartet No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 8
Borodin String Quartet

Recording information

Recording Producers: Richard Beswick (Tchaikovsky); Erik Smith (Borodin, Shostakovich)
Balance Engineers: Stanley Goodall (Tchaikovsky); Jack Law (Borodin, Shostakovich)
Recording Locations: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 20–21 May 1976 (Tchaikovsky); Decca Studio 3, West Hampstead, London, UK, 17 September 1962 (Borodin, Shostakovich)


‘a magnificent disc which I enjoyed very much … the sound quality is as splendid as the playing’ (Borodin Quartet recordings) Gramophone

‘we were impressed by the beautifully natural and well blended sound that producer Richard Beswick and balance engineers Kenneth Wilkinson and Stanley Goodall have obtained’ Gramophone