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Borodin: Complete Chamber Music

Album Summary

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major
>Borodin, Alexander : Piano Quintet in C minor
>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
>Borodin, Alexander : String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in F minor (Finale completed by O. Evlakhov)
>Borodin, Alexander : Petite Suite for Piano
>Borodin, Alexander : String Sextet in D minor (3rd & 4th movements lost)
>Borodin, Alexander : Trio for 2 violins & cello in G minor (based on a Russian song "How I did grieve thee")
>Borodin, Alexander : Trio for 2 violins & cello in G major (fragments)
>Borodin, Alexander : Trio for Piano and Strings in D major (3 movements only)
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Alexander Borodin was one of those composers who did something else for a living. He was a highly respected research chemist who published over 40 scientific works and composed in his spare time. These works are of an astonishing quality, and it is remarkable to consider that he was almost self taught. He studied the works of Spohr, Onslow, and Boccherini as a youngster, and as a keen cellist, the chamber works of these composers no doubt provided the inspiration for his String Quintet - probably the first by a Russian composer. His masterpiece is his Second String Quartet, one of the most famous and best loved works in the genre. Comprehensive booklet notes accompany this recording, made in 1995, by Russian players who are steeped in experience of this repertoire. Very few collections of the Borodin chamber works are available.

"Best here are the familiar Quartets 1 and 2...from which the show derives its melodic heart and soul...The recordings have the kind of big, roomy acoustic that Russian producers seem to favor these days. The audio pressing gives the sound a sort of layered effect that is topped off by a rich, warm veneer."-American Record Guide

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Recording information: 1995.



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Works Details

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major
  • Running Time: 38 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1879

>Borodin, Alexander : Piano Quintet in C minor
  • Performer: Alexander Mndoiantz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1862

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
  • Running Time: 27 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Borodin, Alexander : String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in F minor (Finale completed by O. Evlakhov)
  • Performer: Alexander Gotthelf (Cello)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Borodin, Alexander : Petite Suite for Piano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1886

>Borodin, Alexander : String Sextet in D minor (3rd & 4th movements lost)
  • Performers: Alexander Bobrovsky (Viola); Alexandre Detisov (Violin); Alexander Gotthelf (Cello); Alexander Osokine (Cello); Alexander Polonsky (Violin); Igor Suliga (Viola)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1860-1861

>Borodin, Alexander : Trio for 2 violins & cello in G minor (based on a Russian song "How I did grieve thee")
  • Ensemble: Moscow Trio
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854-1855

>Borodin, Alexander : Trio for 2 violins & cello in G major (fragments)
  • Ensemble: Moscow Trio
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850-1860

>Borodin, Alexander : Trio for Piano and Strings in D major (3 movements only)
  • Ensemble: Moscow Trio
  • Running Time: 21 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860-1861