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AV 2273

Shostakovich/Beethoven - String Quartets

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2012


Valentin Berlinsky Quartet


Reformed Church, Seon, Switzerland

29 Apr - 1 May 2012


Chris Hazell


Simon Eadon

Record Label
Avie Records


String Quartet

Total Time - 70:44
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String Quartet No.3 in F Op.73

1 I Allegretto 6:59
2 II Moderato con moto 5:14
3 III Allegro non troppo 4:09
4 IV Adagio - 6:19
5 V Moderato 11:40



String Quartet Op.59 No.2 in E minor 'Rasumovsky'

6 I Allegro 12:03
7 II Molto adagio 12:15
8 III Allegretto 6:58
9 IV Finale: Presto 5:07

The Valentin Berlinsky Quartet made an auspicious recording debut last year with highly acclaimed readings of Shostakovich’s String Quartets Nos. 7 and 8, and Beethoven’s first Razumovsky. Augmenting an already impressive pedigree – Yo-Yo Ma praised their “pure music making,” while David Zinman hailed “a quartet that has a bright future” – this Zurich-based foursome continues their series on Avie pairing the two composers.
The Valentin Berlinsky Quartet chose its name to honor the legendary founding cellist of the Borodin Quartet, receiving the blessing for their attribution from the cellist’s daughter, pianist Ludmila Berlinskaia with whom the Quartet frequently performs. Beethoven and Shostakovich were composers who dominated the quartet genre during their respective eras and whose strong musical contrasts and rapidly changing mood swings complement each other superbly. 
The award-winning members of the Valentin Berlinsky Quartet are four of the finest musicians working in Switzerland today, principal players in the Zurich Opera and Tonhalle Orchestras. As chamber musicians they have worked with such artists as Martha Argerich, Julia Fischer and Radu Lupu. In addition to performances throughout Europe and China, the Quartet has reached audiences further afield through their numerous 

 "... The recorded sound in the Shostakovich is exemplary, with excellent frequency balance and precises placement of the instruments within a realistically spacious soundstage ..."

Daniel Morrison - Fanfare - January/February 2014

 "... This is a fine ensemble ... I look foward to hearing more of its insightful programming soon."

Andrew Morris - International Record Review - July/August 2013

           Gramophone Chamber Choice

"... the Berlinsky’s make such a convincing argument for these two composers as obvious bedfellows that it’s hard to understand why this series hasn’t been undertaken countless times before."

Caroline Gill - Gramophone magazine - July 2013

                       Performance(Shostakovich)  ****       (Beethoven ***       Recording ***


Erik Levi - BBC Music magazine - July 2013 

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