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The world Union of
Borisovsky is their chairman.
favoured me with his friendship and kind attitude to my music and
to me for a long time. It has always been a great joy for me to
associate with him as a musician of a tremendous talent and great
skill and also a person of a big heart and a great culture and erudition.
If asked what exactly attracts me most in Borisovsky' personality
I would answer: Everything.
The twentieth century
and especially its first half was a promising time for the art of
viola playing. It was then that some bright musicians brought the
instrument into prominence and made it a concert instrument. In
Russia this transformation was particularly connected with Vadim
Vasilievich Borisovsky (1900 - 1972) .
Borisovsky began his studies at the Conservatoire as a violinist
but later took a great interest in viola. He became the only graduate
who specialized in playing viola in the class of Vladimir Bakaleinikov.
Even when a student he began working in different orchestras in
Moscow. Later he became the leader of viola players at the orchestra
of the Bolshoi Theater.
The first solo performance by Borisovsky took place in the Maly
Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire in 1922. It was the beginning
of a long and very successful concert activity. Many venerable musicians
of the older generation recognized brilliant performing qualities
of a young viola player such as impeccable sense of style, subtle
artistry and powerful very rich truly majestic sound. Apart from
viola Borisovsky attached much attention to viola d'amour. He learned
to play this instrument on his own in 1926. Already in 1927 he made
public performances in Moscow and Leningrad playing both original
compositions and transcriptions.
Vadim Borisovsky teached at the Moscow Conservatoire for almost
half a century. He trained there a galaxy of musicians. His pupils
and now the pupils of his pupils work in leading orchestras and
conservatoires of the country. Composers like Vasilenko, Kryukova,
Vainberg, Khachaturyan, Shostakovich, Denisov, Shnitke, Kancheli,
Schedrin dedicated to either Borisovsky or his pupils the best works
for viola written in the XXth century. Borisovsky's transcriptions
of classical music, there are more than 200 of them, are performed
all over the world.
For over 40 years Borisovsky worked with the Beethoven State Quartet
and it's a very important part of his musical career. Borisovsky
and his colleagues were both outstanding soloists and excellent
ensemble musicians and that resulted in the highest artistic standards
of the quartet. It's a unique case in the history of music that
Dmitry Shostakovich dedicated one string quartet to each of the
musicians of the ensemble. His famous No 13 is dedicated to Vadim
1 L.T.Milandre -
L.Waеfelghem. Andante and Menuet 8.10
2 J.P.Martini (1741-1816) - L.Waеfelghem. Plaisir d'Amour 5.07
3 Thibaut IV (1201-1253)- V.Borisovsky.The Rose's song
(Lyrics by G.de Lorris). 6.12
4 J.Brahms (1833-1897). Longing at Rest for viola and piano
(Lyrics by Ruckert), op. 91. 6.27
5 F.Schubert (1797-1828)- V.Borisovsky. Impromtu in G Major, оp.
90, № 3. 5.18
М.Glinka (1804-1857). Sonata for viola and piano (unfinished), in
Edited by V.Borisovsky
6 Allegro moderato 8.32
7 Largetto ma non troppo 8.21
8 P.Bulakhov (1792-1835) - V.Borisovsky. Barcarolle for two violas
and piano. 3.03
9 P.Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)- V.Borisovsky. Ardenet Declaration 3.38
10 S.Prokofiev (1891-1953)- V.Borisovsky. Balcony Scene
from the ballet "Romeo and Julia" 6.06
H.Turina (1882-1949). Escena Andaluza for viola, piano and string
11.Crepuscule du Soir 6.30
12 A la Fenetre 6.33
V.Borisovsky, viola (4-11), viola d'amour (1-3)
M.Terian, viola (8)
H.Alexandryskaya, mezzo soprano (3,4)
А.Goldenveiser, piano (6,7)
B.Zhilinsky, piano (5,8,9)
G.Orentlicher, piano (3)
М.Nemenova-Luntz, piano (1,2)
А.Levinа, piano (10,11)
Borodin Quartet (V.Doubinsky, J. Alexandrov, D.Schebalin, V.Berlinsky)
Recorded: 1950 (6-9); 1951 (1-5; 10); live from the Small Hall
of the Moscow Conservatoire12.01.1956 (11-12).
Restoration: Vista Vera, 2005