Borodin Edition / Mark Ermler, Symphonic Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater; Moscow Trio and Friends / Marco Rapetti, piano; Nikolai Okhotnikov; Yuri Serov, et. al.

Notes & Reviews:

Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin, inarguably best known for his membership in the Russian Mighty Handful, was a chemist by profession and composed in his spare time. Despite the hint toward dilettantism that might be suggested, nothing amateurish can be traced in the small but sophisticated opus left to us. This near-complete edition comprehends his three highly original symphonies, complete chamber music, songs, piano music, and his unfinished masterpiece opera Prince Igor. Mostly Russian performers execute flawless performances with distinct national flavor.


Works:

Symphony no 1 in E flat major by Alexander Borodin

Conductor: Mark Ermler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1867; Russia

Symphony no 2 in B minor by Alexander Borodin

Conductor: Mark Ermler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1876; Russia

Symphony no 3 in A minor by Alexander Borodin

Conductor: Mark Ermler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882; Russia

In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin

Conductor: Mark Ermler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880; Russia

Quintet for Strings in F minor by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Alexander Gotthelf (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853-1854; Russia

Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major by Alexander Borodin

Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874-1879; Russia

Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major by Alexander Borodin

Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881; Russia

Serenata alla spagnola by Alexander Borodin

Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886; Russia

Sextet for Strings in d [2 movements] by Alexander Borodin

Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1860-1861; Russia

Trio for Piano and Strings in D major by Alexander Borodin

Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Trio
Period: Romantic
Written: 1860-1861; Moscow

Quintet for Piano and Strings in C minor by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Alexander Mndoiantz (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862; Russia

Petite Suite for Piano by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885; Russia

Scherzo for Piano in A flat major by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885; Russia

In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Giampaolo Nuti (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880; Russia

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Prelude to a Polka by Borodin, S 207a by Franz Liszt

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Polka in C major by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Marche funèbre in A minorby Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Valse in C major by Anatole Liadov

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Berceuse in C major by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Galop in C major by Anatole Liadov

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Gigue in C major by Anatole Liadov

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Fughetta on B-A-C-H by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Tarantella in A minor by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Menuetto in C major by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Valse in C major by César Cui

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Requiem in A minor by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Carillon in C major by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Daniela De Santis (Piano), Marco Rapetti (Piano), Giampaolo Nuti (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Mazurka in C major by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Fugue grotesque in C majorby Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Paraphrases [collab. work by Borodin, Liadov, et al]: Cortège triomphal by Anatole Liadov

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879

Tarantella for Piano 4 hands in D major by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Giampaolo Nuti (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862; Russia

Allegretto in D flat major for Piano 4 Hands by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861; Russia

Scherzo for Piano 4 hands in E major by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861

Adagio patetico for Piano in A flat major by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1849

Polka Hélène for Piano 4 hands by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano), Daniela De Santis (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843; Moscow

A la manière de Borodine by Maurice Ravel

Performer: Marco Rapetti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913; France

The pretty girl no longer loves me by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Yuri Serov (Piano), Nikolai Okhotnikov (Bass), Irina Molokina (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1854; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs.
Language: Russian

Listen to my song, little friend by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Irina Molokina (Cello), Marianna Tarasova (Mezzo Soprano), Yuri Serov (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1854; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs.
Language: Russian

Fishermaiden by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Konstantin Pluzhnikov (Tenor), Irina Molokina (Cello), Yuri Serov (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1854; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs.
Language: Russian

Why art thou so early, dawn? by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Andrei Slavny (Baritone), Yuri Serov (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1852-1855; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs.
Language: Russian

Sleeping Princess by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marianna Tarasova (Mezzo Soprano), Yuri Serov (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs.
Language: Russian

My songs are poisoned by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Yuri Serov (Piano), Nikolai Okhotnikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs.
Language: Russian

Sea Princess by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marianna Tarasova (Mezzo Soprano), Yuri Serov (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs.
Language: Russian

False note by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Yuri Serov (Piano), Konstantin Pluzhnikov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs.
Language: Russian

Song of the dark forest by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Nikolai Okhotnikov (Bass), Yuri Serov (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs.
Language: Russian

From my tears by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Yuri Serov (Piano), Nikolai Okhotnikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1870-1871; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs.
Language: Russian

Sea by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Yuri Serov (Piano), Konstantin Pluzhnikov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1870; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs.
Language: Russian

Pride by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Yuri Serov (Piano), Nikolai Okhotnikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884-1885; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs.
Language: Russian

For the shores of thy far native land by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Yuri Serov (Piano), Nikolai Okhotnikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs.
Language: Russian

Those folk by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Andrei Slavny (Baritone), Yuri Serov (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs.
Language: Russian

Septain by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Marianna Tarasova (Mezzo Soprano), Yuri Serov (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs.
Language: Russian

Arabian melody by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Yuri Serov (Piano), Nikolai Okhotnikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881; Russia
Date of Recording: 03/1995
Venue: St Catherine Church, St Petersburg
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs.
Language: Russian

Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin

Performer: Kaludi Kaludov (Tenor), Boris Martinovich (Baritone), Nicolai Ghiuselev (Bass),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Alexandrina Milcheva (Mezzo Soprano), Stoil Georgiev (Bass),
Mincho Popov (Tenor), Angel Petkov (Tenor), Elena Stoyanova (Soprano),
Stefka Evstatieva (Soprano)
Conductor: Emil Tchakarov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sofia National Opera Chorus, Sofia Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1887; Russia
Date of Recording: 07/1987
Venue: National Palace of Culture, Sofia
Length: 209 Minutes 50 Secs.
Language: Russian



MusicWeb International, March 2013
Uniquely valuable for letting us hear so much of the composer's music that is otherwise scarce or simply unobtainable. For that reason, and at Brilliant's price, these recordings are an essential acquisition for anyone interested in the Russian repertory of the nineteenth century.



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