, 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