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"As it Was, Is, and Will Be" CD from GM Recordings and Living Archive:

THE BORROMEO STRING QUARTET playing Béla Bartók String Qaurtet No. 4 - Gunther Schuller String Quartet No. 4 - Live and Studio Versions - Mohammed Fairouz "Lamentation and Satire." This CD celebrates three great pieces of the past century and also the different virtues of live performance recordings and edited recordings.

Price for the CD: US$15.00


Mendelssohn 1825 OTTETTO CD and DVD:

THE BORROMEO STRING QUARTET AND THE ARIEL STRING QUARTET joined forces at the New England Conservatory of Music where the Borromeo is the Faculty Quartet in Residence and the Ariel was finishing their participation in the Professional String Quartet Studies Program. On October 27, 2009 they made a presentation In Jordan Hall where the audience was allowed to hear and see the 1825 manuscript version of Mendelssohn's famous string octet. But the 1825 Ottetto is a significantly different piece than the 1832 version that we are familiar with. Learn this different but equally miraculous version by the 16-year-old Mendelssohn. DVD includes commentary, performance tracks and manuscript only tracks

Price for DVD and CD set: US$25.00


Nicholas Kitchen plays the Bach Ciaconna on 5 Great Violins from the Library of Congress DVD

Nicholas Kitchen plays regularly on the Goldberg Baron Vitta Guarneri del Gesù from the musical instrument collection of the Library of Congress. This is the violin of his former teacher, the great violinist and conductor Szymon Goldberg. In this DVD Nicholas compares the Goldberg with four other instruments in the collection of the Library of Congress: the Goldberg's sister instrument, the Kreisler Guarneri del Gesù, the Betts and Castelbarco Stradivarius violins and the Brookings Amati. These video files also show as it is heard each line of Bach's beautiful manuscript of this grand work for solo violin.

Price for DVD: US$20.00



Living Archive offers a window on one musical family as perceived through the microphone and lens of Living Archive's founder, violinist Nicholas Kitchen. Living Archive has recorded in audio and video nearly 1,000 concerts of this musical family. This family includes Violinist Nicholas Kitchen and Cellist Yeesun Kim (Yeesun and Nicholas are partners both in music-making and in life) and Violist Mai Motobuchi and Violinist Kristopher Tong. These four musicians make up the Borromeo String Quartet. This musical family also extends to include many layers of activity: activities at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and with many presenters and musical colleagues all around the world.


Well, actually, Living Archive is here to encourage you to come to live concerts! Music is a human exchange. Just as you can not know someone only through a picture, you can not know a piece of music only through a recording. But can you enjoy a recording and learn from it? Can you benefit from explanations of how all the elements fit together? Yes!! And with that background you can engage yourself in the live event with a sense of deeper knowledge. Providing that deeper knowledge is why this site is here, so that you may enjoy more deeply the experience of sharing music with other human beings.


Listen to Bach Ciaconna from the Library of Congress