The Borodin Quartet, whose name honours the composer of the final work in this series, is the doyen of Russian chamber ensembles and brings us an all-Russian programme.  Having worked closely with Shostakovich, it has performed and recorded of all fifteen of his quartets, the first of which was written after the famous fifth symphony.  The Quartet's cellist of 60 years, Valentin Berlinsky, continued to mentor his Moscow-trained colleagues after his retirement, resulting in a unique continuity of style.   Tchaikovsky's first quartet is famed for its 'Andante Cantabile' slow movement, which moved Tolstoy to tears.  

Borodin Quartet