Shostakovich, Beethoven: String Quartets

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2273
Format: CD

Valentin Berlinsky Quartet

Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3
Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2 "Razumovsky"

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.

critical acclaim for the Valentin Berlinsky Quartet's Beethoven and Shostakovich
"warmth, blend and polish ... Recommended." - Gramophone

"astonishing ... playing that combines technical perfection with exceptional maturity and musical insight."
- BBC Music Magazine, * * * * * / * * * * *

"one of the best-blended groups out there ... a performance that stands up to the best." - Philadelphia Inquirer

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