Beethoven quartet unofficial page

Audio: links to recordings available online

Below are the links to recordings available online. Before listening, please make sure that listening to particular pieces of music online does not constitute copyright violation in your country.

Additions, corrections, and information on broken or damaged links are appreciated (,

Links to many 24bit/96KHz digital transfers from shellac and vinyl discs, particularly the ones never released on CDs, are available from the discography page.
The direct link is here: several hi-res (24/88.2) transfers of the Beethoven quartet.
The direct link is here:

The Beethoven Quartet re-issued on compact discs (Alyabiev, Schubert, Shostakovich, Taneyev, etc.)

Sergey Shirinsky: digital transfers from tapes

Courtesy Galina Shirinskaya (FLAC 24/192 + mp3)


J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No.2 (parts 2, 3, 4, 7) 
  2. Allemande 
  3. Courante 
  4. Sarabande 
  7. Gigue 

S.P. Shirinsky (cello)
J. Haydn / D. Popper: Cello Concerto in C (Hob. VIIb:5)
The concert was published as a completion by David Popper of sketches by Haydn,
but now believed to have been Popper's own composition. 
  1. Allegro Moderato (7.55) 
  2. Andante (3.45) 
  3. Allegretto vivace (6.00) 

S.P. Shirinsky (cello), State Radio Symphony Orchestra (A.V. Gauk) 
Recorded: 18 July 1956 
P.I. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op.33 

S.P. Shirinsky (cello); other musicians are unknown (likely, cond. Alexander Melik-Pashayev) 
According to
Tchaikovsky's original version of the Variations was performed for the first time on 24 April 1941 in Moscow, played by Danyl Shafran, conducted by Aleksandr Melik-Pashayev, and subsequently by Sergey Shirinsky.

Additional resources

Below are some additional resources, in particular to the commercial sites that offer listening to the CD samples.