Alexander Borodin is known for only his opera, Prince Igor. The rest of his works are basically unknown to a huge fraction of the world's population. Several years ago, I introduced myself to Borodin by purchasing a studio recording of Prince Igor. I was impressed by the rich orchestrations and unique Slavic melodies. Jump to 2012, and this is when I decide to delve deeper into Borodin's music. I recently purchased his two String Quartets, and I do say that I'm enjoying every minute of it. Like most chamber music from the Romantic era, these String Quartets aren't very melodic or catchy at times, and yet the passion and power of Borodin's orchestrations are present. These two compositions come straight from his heart. These are beautiful, astounding works.
The Haydn Quartet (Budapest) give fine performances of both compositions. The sound is polished and clear (credit should also go to Naxos for fine quality).
Grade: 9.7 out of 10