NIKOLAI AFANASIEV (1820-1898): Volga for String Quartet, NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908): Chorale and Variations, Fugue from String Quartet No. 2, SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1873-1943): Romanze, Scherzo, ALEXANDER BORODIN (1833-1887): String Quartet No. 2 in D.
Catalogue Number: 09O007
Reference: 307 1758-2
Description: The major collector's item here is the c.1860 quartet by Afanasiev (one of twelve!) whose four movements are infused with folksongs from the region of its title. Afanasiev, like Rimsky and Borodin, was entirely self-taught but, unlike them, the contributions he made to the string quartet genre are hardly acknowleged by performers or labels. Rimsky's fugue is the only movement of his 1878-79 String Quartet No. 2 which remained extant in its original version; his four-minute Chorale and Variations is from 1885. The two movements by the 16-year-old Rachmaninov are not entirely new to disc. Leipzig String Quartet.