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Borodin Quartet


Wed 22 Oct 2014, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall, 303 Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • B Reserve: $80.00
  • A Reserve: $90.00
  • C Reserve: $55.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Student Rush (on the day): $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: CMNZ

Ruben Aharonian, violin
Sergei Lomovsky, violin
Igor Naidin, viola
Vladimir Balshin, cello

The Borodin Quartet is one of the great chamber music ensembles of our age.
Founded originally in 1945 in Moscow, their history maps the history of the Soviet era and beyond.

They were colleagues and friends of Shostakovich, they played at Stalin’s funeral.; they rehearsed and premiered the Shostakovich quartets when the ink was barely dry on the page. Now, almost 70 years later, they come from a new generation, but have remained true to their roots and to the artistic excellence and integrity that has always been a hallmark of this astonishing ensemble.

Here, in New Zealand, the Borodin Quartet is performing the composers for which they are renowned: a quintessentially Russian first half, followed by Beethoven’s monumental Op 130, symphonic in scale, the work that pushes to the very limits of expression and for many the greatest of his late quartets.

The Myaskovsky is neoromantic, impassioned, stirring Russian writing at its best; and the Shostakovich remains one of his most personal and emotional works, “a crumbling, disintegrating memorial to lost happiness”, dedicated to the memory of one of his close friends.

Presented in assocation with Musica Viva Australia

Myaskovsky | String Quartet № 13
Shostakovich | String Quartet № 11
Beethoven | String Quartet in B flat Op 130

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