"A rich tone, a lush ensemble, a lively sense of rhythm, and a deep feeling of emotionality…strong, sweet, and slightly sentimental performances." - All Music Guide
"…magnificent throughout, with wonderful shades of color shining through from the music’s harmonic interior, and a rich sound that never thickens." - Strings Magazine, On Record
The year 2005 marked the 20th anniversary of the world-renowned St. Petersburg String Quartet. They celebrate with this recording, which showcases their critically acclaimed ensemble skills to Mendelssohn's earliest string quartet - the Quartet in A minor, op.13 - and Dvorak's deservedly well-known 'American' quartet.
One of the world's leading string quartets, the St. Petersburg String Quartet was founded as the Leningrad Quartet by Alla Aranovskaya, Alla Krolevich (Goryainova) and Leonid Shukayev, all three graduates of the Leningrad Conservatory.
The Quartet blazed a trail through international chamber music competitions, winning First Prize at the All-Soviet Union String Quartet Competition, the Silver Medal and a Special Prize at the Tokyo International Competition of Chamber Ensembles, First Prize and both Special Prizes at the Vittorio Gui International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Florence, Italy, and First Prize and the "Grand Prix Musica Viva" at the International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Melbourne, Australia.
Catalog: MAR 351
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String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13
1. I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
2. II. Adagio non lento
3. III. Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto
4. IV. Presto (Listen)
String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 (B179) 'American'
5. I. Allegro ma non troppo
6. II. Lento
7. III. Molto vivace
8. IV. Finale - Vivace ma non troppo
Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
9. Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No.1)
Total playing time: 60:06