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Author Berlinskiĭ, Valentin, author.

Title Valentin Berlinsky : a quartet for life / compiled and edited by Maria Matalaev ; foreword by Steven Isserlis ; translated by Angela Dickson.

Publication Info. Amersham, Buckinghamshire : Kahn & Averill, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  780.92 Berlinskii,V BER    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First English edition.
Description xvii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, discography (pages 246-254), and index.
Language Translated from the French.
Contents Foreword -- Author's preface -- Publisher's note -- Family and childhood -- Moscow Central Music School -- Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory -- Birth of a quarter -- Beginnings -- first appearances at Moscow Conservatory -- Ethics and ideals -- Moscow Philharmonic Quartet -- Stabilising the Quartet -- Borodin Quartet on the road -- Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich -- Like a phoenix from the ashes -- On leadership -- On teaching -- On audiences -- On Russia -- David Oistrakh -- On criticism -- Mstislav Rostropovich -- On Sviatoslav Richter -- on family -- In praise of examples -- Anatoly Zverev -- Tempo -- Yevgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov -- Finale -- Valentin Berlinksky by family and friends -- Ludmila Berlinskaya -- Dmitri Shebaline -- Irina Antonova -- Rostislav Burkin -- Natalie Shakhovskaya -- Apendices -- Notes on contributors -- Index of names.
Summary Valentin Berlinsky (1925-2008), was a founding member of the Borodin Quartet and its cellist and mainstay for more than six decades. A proud Russian but also a man of compromise, his was a life lived for and through the Borodin Quartet. This book tells his story in his own words, lovingly compiled and edited by his grand-daughter, Maria Matalaev, from his diaries, correspondence and interviews, and his accounts of his close friendships with the likes of Shostakovich and Richter, Rostropovich and Oistrakh. Supplemented by tributes from family and friends, as well as an impressive annexure giving every performance, broadcast and recording made by the Borodin Quartet, this book constitutes one of the most revealing chronicles of Soviet and post-Soviet Russian musical life. In 2005, at the celebrations for both his 80th birthday and the 60th anniversary of the Borodin Quartet, Valentin Berlinsky sat down at a table with his students and said: 'My dears, please, keep going: never leave Russia!'
Subject Berlinskiĭ, Valentin.
Kvartet imeni Borodina.
Cellists -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Added Author Matalaev, Maria, editor.
Added Title Valentin Berlinsky. English
ISBN 0995757402

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