Post by Randy Lane
Curious to learn about what recordings are included
It's a totally new quartet. The primarius, Ruben Aharonian, joined the Borodin in the late nineties.
This is from the 'legacy' page of the quartet's website:
"Throughout all these [member] changes, the Borodin Quartet has retained its distinct identity. “As each newcomer joins,” as the Quartet believes, “he hears the existing members playing in a very recognisable style, so he is automatically soaking up the tradition. It’s not formal teaching, as if your colleagues are correcting you. A quartet is in a permanent state of studying from each other. It’s as natural a process as could exist, learning while performing with your elder colleagues.”
Note the word "believes".
I have the same beef with the Juilliard String Quartet. I wish these bands would at some point just disband and / or take a new name. Or at least make it the New Borodin Quartet.
One can say a lot of bad things about the Amadeus Quartet, another brand name group, but at least they didn't do this.