Nevsky String Quartet

Nevsky String Quartet

Nevsky String Quartet is a string quartet based in St. Petersburg, Russia. They are noted for their award-winning performances of Russian music and their performances of contemporary music.

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History and Repertoire

The Quartet, originally named the Quinten-Quartet, was founded in 1995 by students at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In addition to their schooling in Russia, they also studied in London, in Germany, and with members of the Prague String Quartet, the Alban Berg Quartet, and the Amadeus Quartet in Austria.[1]

The membership of the quartet has changed slightly since the Quartet's founding in 1995. The members are:
Tatiana Razoumova, 1st violin
Vladimir Bystritsky, viola
Dmitry Khrytchev, cello
Anna Tchijik, was the 2nd violinist, but there have been at least two changes of 2nd violinist. Svetlana Grinfeld performed on the Northern Flowers label recording,[2] and Alexei Maslov performed on one of the Capstone recordings.[3]

The Quartet’s repertoire includes an emphasis on the music of Haydn (their original name—Quinten-Quartet—refers to one of Haydn’s works, the Opus 76, No 2 Quartet in d minor), Russian composers, particularly Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, as well as music of contemporary composers, such as Rodney Waschka II, whose quartets they have premiered and recorded on Capstone Records.[4]

Awards

In 1996, at the IV International Shostakovich String Quartets Competition, the Quartet received the Third Prize and the Special Prize for the best performance of Russian music (the Second Quartet by Prokofiev). At the 6th Karl-Klingler String Quartet Competition in Berlin (Germany), they won the Barenreiter-Prize for the best interpretation of string quartet compositions of Mozart and Beethoven in accordance with historical performance practice. Also in 1998, the Quartet won First Prize in the Swedish International String Quartet Competition.[5]

Partial discography

"Spirit Of Romance". Reading, MA: MMC Records (?), 2007.[6]

  • String Quartet by Gary R. Featherston
  • String Serenade by Gary R. Featherston.

"Music for Strings". Brooklyn, NY: Capstone Records, CPS-8781, 2007.[7]

  • String Quartet: Laredo by Rodney Waschka II
  • Ravel Remembers Fascism by Rodney Waschka II
  • Six Folksongs from an Imaginary Country by Rodney Waschka II
  • Xuan Men by Rodney Waschka II
  • String Quartet: Ha! Fortune by Rodney Waschka II

"Beerman Unplugged Almost". Brooklyn, NY: Capstone Records, CPS-8757, 2006.[8]

  • Circle Dance by Burton Beerman,

"Haydn, Prokofiev, Shostakovich". St. Petersburg, Russia: Northern Flowers, 2005.[9]

  • Quartet for Strings in G Minor Opus 74 Number 3 (The Rider) by F.J. Haydn
  • Quartet for Strings Number 1 in B Minor by Sergei Prokofiev
  • Quartet for Strings Number 8 in C Minor by Dmitri Shostakovich

External links

References

  1. ^ Nevsky String Quartet (The Quinten-Quartet), Russia, St.Petersburg
  2. ^ "Haydn, Prokofiev, Shostakovich" compact disc, liner notes, St. Petersburg, Russia: Northern Flowers, 2005.
  3. ^ "Music for String Quartet" compact disc, liner notes, Brooklyn, NY: Capstone Records, 2007.
  4. ^ repertoire
  5. ^ Untitled Document
  6. ^ Gary R. Featherstone: Spirit of Romance by Nevsky Quartet at Audio Lunchbox
  7. ^ Capstone Records: Music for Strings by Rodney Waschka II
  8. ^ Beerman Unplugged Almost / Nevsky String Quartet, et al. CD
  9. ^ Haydn / Prokofiev / Shostakovich Haydn, Prokofiev, Shostakovich / Nevsky String Quartet CD

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