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Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, September 2012

This latest line-up of the Borodin is…unquestionably outstanding. Ruben Aharonian is now the first violinist…The current second violin is Andrei Abramenkov, the violist is Igor Niadin and the cellist Vladimir Balshin.

The camera angles in this filmed performance are thoroughly sensible, and one commends the director for them…the performances are splendid. The Schubert is warmly textured and this newish line-up of the ensemble ensures that whilst bow pressure is taut it’s never over-heavy, and that there is correspondingly quicksilver lightness in the finale of the E flat major.

There are plenty of expressive gestures in the Brahms A minor, but all are to the good. This is warm and malleable playing the sonority of which is thankfully loyally captured by effective microphone placement. There is a substantial ‘bonus’ in the shape of the same composer’s third movement from his Op.67 quartet. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Paul Orgel
Fanfare, March 2012

In these carefully gauged yet exciting readings, the Borodins are notably less physically demonstrative than many other quartets. They don’t even smile when they bow, which I find somehow refreshing, but Aharonian’s subtly expressive facial expressions hint at his ongoing emotional responses, and there’s the music itself: vital and full of feeling at every moment. Tully Potter, who has attended concerts by the Borodin Quartet for more than 45 years, puts it well in the DVD booklet: “To spend an hour in the company of a great string quartet ensemble, as its members explore good music, is among the most civilized enjoyments known to mankind.” © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare






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