Shostakovich, Arenski & Tchaikovsky
with Borodin Quartet, Mark Schumann
20:15 / Wed 2 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 39
Cello Core Repertoire Russian String Quartet +
Ruben Aharonian (violin)
Sergei Lomovsky (violin)
Igor Naidin (viola)
Vladimir Balshin (cello)
String Quartet no. 1
String Quartet no. 2
Children's Album, op. 39 (arr. Dubinsky)
The Borodin Quartet – the archetype Russian quartet – has come up with three surprising Russian masterpieces for this programme: Arensky’s second string quartet and Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album alongside Shostakovich’s first string quartet.
In 1894 Arensky wrote his second string quartet in memory of Tchaikovsky. To emphasize the mourning atmosphere, he chose not to write for a standard string quartet but instead aimed for a heavier and deeper sound: one violin, a viola and two cellos.
Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album acts as a kind of counterweight. It is a collection of piano pieces intended as learning pieces – not just boring exercises, but inspiring and stimulating, imaginative pieces. One of the original members of the Borodin Quartet (1945 – 1975), Rostislav Dubinsky, arranged the pieces for string quartet. Shostakovich’s first string quartet is in a way somewhere in between: it is not as heavy as his later quartets and significantly more romantic, but it never seems truly optimistic.
The Borodin Quartet - the archetype Russian quartet - has come up with three surprising Russian masterpieces for this programme.
Late Beethoven: opus 127
Early Haydn (& Winkelman)
Dvořák & Shostakovich