Borodin Edition

Composer Alexander Borodin
Artist Various artists
Format 10 CD
Cat. number 94410
EAN code 5028421944104
Release November 2012

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Alexander Porfireyevich Borodin was the illegitimate son of a prince and his mistress, educated at home in St Petersburg by his mother. Although music was an early passion, he discovered his avocation once he matriculated at the city's Medical-Surgical Academy. A chemist he became, and a good one, though not without his extra-curricular enthusiasms: the head of department once admonished him thus, mid-lecture: 'Mr Borodin, busy yourself a little less with songs. I’m putting all my hopes in you as my successor, but all you think of is music: you can’t hunt two hares at the same time.'

Fortunately for us, Borodin was happy to ignore his professor. We have left to us a small, eccentrically proportioned body of work which acknowledges the learnt influence of Wagner and Chopin in their respective fields while nonetheless cultivating a personal and nationally inflected voice that was principally nurtured by his fellow member of 'The Mighty Handful', Mily Balakirev. That voice was first cultivated in abstract orchestral works, which met with mixed acclaim, but the Second Symphony is one of the most popular Russian works of its kind; perhaps less well known these days than half a century ago, but full of Borodin's trademark, lyrical melodies, bending towards a wistfulness and melancholy that never threatens to break into outright hysteria unlike the work of his contemporary Tchaikovsky.

Songs and chamber music are barely known outside his home country, but they are worth discovering, as this unique edition will quickly reveal. And then there's his sprawling, unfinished masterpiece: Prince Igor, work of almost two decades, completed and partly orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov, the brainchild of the Mighty Handful's christener, Vladimir Stasov.

This chronicle of a bloody but exuberant period in Russian history makes the most of Borodin's fascination with Russia's outposts, in music of 'oriental' flavour that survives in popular recognition through the bounding energy of the Polovtsian Dances.

Other information:
- The only serious Borodin Collection in the market.
- The set (near complete) presents the 3 symphonies, the complete chamber music, songs, the complete piano music and the famous opera Prince Igor.
- Featuring performances by Alexander Mndoiantz, Moscow String Quartet, Alexander Gotthelf, Moscow Trio, Marco Rapetti, Marianna Tarassova and the great Nikolai Ghiaurov in Prince Igor.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat: I. Adagio – Allegro molto
  2. Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat: II. Scherzo: Prestissimo
  3. Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat: III. Andante
  4. Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat: IV. Allegro molto vivace
  5. In the Steppes of Central Asia

Disk 2

  1. Symphony No. 2 in B Minor: I. Allegro
  2. Symphony No. 2 in B Minor: II. Scherzo: Prestissimo
  3. Symphony No. 2 in B Minor: III. Andante
  4. Symphony No. 2 in B Minor: IV. Allegro
  5. Symphony No. 3 In A Minor, completed by Alexander Glazunov: I. Moderato assai
  6. Symphony No. 3 In A Minor, completed by Alexander Glazunov: II. Vivo

Disk 3

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in A: I. Moderato
  2. String Quartet No. 1 in A: II. Andante con moto
  3. String Quartet No. 1 in A: III. Scherzo: Prestissimo
  4. String Quartet No. 1 in A: IV. Finale: Andante – Allegro risoluto
  5. Piano Quintet in C Minor: I. Andante
  6. Piano Quintet in C Minor: II. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo
  7. Piano Quintet in C Minor: III. Finale: Allegro moderato

Disk 4

  1. String Quartet No. 2 in D: I. Allegro moderato
  2. String Quartet No. 2 in D: II. Scherzo: Allegro
  3. String Quartet No. 2 in D: III. Nocturne: Andante
  4. String Quartet No. 2 in D: IV. Finale: Andante – Vivace
  5. String Quintet in F Minor: I. Allegro con brio
  6. String Quintet in F Minor: II. Andante ma non troppo
  7. String Quintet in F Minor: III. Menuetto
  8. String Quintet in F Minor: IV. Finale: Prestissimo
  9. Serenata alla spagnola for string quartet

Disk 5

  1. Sextet in D Minor: I. Allegro
  2. Sextet in D Minor: II. Andante
  3. Trio in G Minor for two violins and cello on a Russian song ‘What have I done to hurt you?’
  4. Trio in G for two violins and cello: I. Allegro
  5. Trio in G for two violins and cello: II. Andante
  6. Piano Trio in D: I. Allegro con brio
  7. Piano Trio in D: II. Romance: Andante
  8. Piano Trio in D: III. Intermezzo: Tempo di minuetto

Disk 6

  1. Petite Suite (1885): I. Au couvent: Andante religioso
  2. Petite Suite (1885): II. Intermezzo: Tempo di menuetto
  3. Petite Suite (1885): III. Mazurka I: Allegro
  4. Petite Suite (1885): IV. Mazurka II: Allegretto
  5. Petite Suite (1885): V. Rêverie: Andante
  6. Petite Suite (1885): VI. Sérénade: Allegretto
  7. Petite Suite (1885): VII.Nocturne: Andantino
  8. Scherzo in A-Flat (1885)
  9. Dans les steppes de l’AsIe centrale* (1880), original transcription by the composer for piano 4 hands
  10. Paraphrases (1878–79): Prélude (Liszt)
  11. Paraphrases (1878–79): Polka (Borodin)
  12. Paraphrases (1878–79): Marche funèbre (Borodin)
  13. Paraphrases (1878–79): Valse (Lyadov)
  14. Paraphrases (1878–79): Berceuse (Rimsky-Korsakov)
  15. Paraphrases (1878–79): Galop (Lyadov)
  16. Paraphrases (1878–79): Gigue (Lyadov)
  17. Paraphrases (1878–79): Fughetta on B–A–C–H (Rimsky-Korsakov)
  18. Paraphrases (1878–79): Tarantella (Rimsky-Korsakov)
  19. Paraphrases (1878–79): Menuetto (Rimsky-Korsakov)
  20. Paraphrases (1878–79): Valse (Cui)
  21. Paraphrases (1878–79): Requiem (Borodin)
  22. Paraphrases (1878–79): Carillon (Rimsky-Korsakov)
  23. Paraphrases (1878–79): Mazurka (Borodin)
  24. Paraphrases (1878–79): Fugue grotesque (Rimsky-Korsakov)
  25. Paraphrases (1878–79): Cortège triomphal (Lyadov)
  26. Paraphrases (1878–79): Tarantella in D for piano 4 hands(1862)
  27. Paraphrases (1878–79): Allegretto in D-Flat for piano 4 hands(1861)
  28. Paraphrases (1878–79): Scherzo in E for piano 4 hands(1861)
  29. Paraphrases (1878–79): Adagio patetico in A-Flat (1849)
  30. Paraphrases (1878–79): Polka Hélène in D Minor (1843) for piano 4 hands
  31. À la manIère de Borodine (1913)

Disk 7

  1. Songs and Romances: The Pretty Girl No Longer Loves Me (A. Vinogradov)
  2. Songs and Romances: Listen To My Song, Little Friend (E. von Kruse)
  3. Songs and Romances: The Beautiful Fisher Woman (H. Heine)
  4. Songs and Romances: Why So Early, O Sunset? (S. Solovyov)
  5. Songs and Romances: The Sleeping Princess (A. Borodin)
  6. Songs and Romances: My Songs Are Poisoned (H. Heine)
  7. Songs and Romances: The Sea Princess (A. Borodin)
  8. Songs and Romances: The False Note (A. Borodin)
  9. Songs and Romances: Song Of The Dark Forest (A. Borodin)
  10. Songs and Romances: From My Tears (H. Heine)
  11. Songs and Romances: The Sea (A. Borodin)
  12. Songs and Romances: Pride (A. Tolstoy)
  13. Songs and Romances: For The Shores Of Thy Far Native Land (A. Pushkin)
  14. Songs and Romances: Those Folk (A. Nekrasov)
  15. Songs and Romances: The Magic Garden (G. Collin)
  16. Songs and Romances: Arabian Melody (A. Borodin)

Disk 8

  1. Prince Igor: Overture
  2. Prince Igor: Prologue
  3. Prince Igor: Act I: Scene 1: At Vladimir Galitsky’s Court
  4. Prince Igor: Act I: Scene 2: Arioso of Yaroslavna
  5. Prince Igor: Act I: Yaroslavna with the Girls
  6. Prince Igor: Act I: Yaroslavna and Galitsky

Disk 9

  1. Prince Igor: Act I: Finale of Act I
  2. Prince Igor: Act II: Choir of the Polovtsian Maidens
  3. Prince Igor: Act II: Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens
  4. Prince Igor: Act II: Cavatina of Konchakovna
  5. Prince Igor: Act II: Scene with Choir
  6. Prince Igor: Act II: Recitative and Cavatina of Vladimir Igoryevich
  7. Prince Igor: Act II: Duet of Igoryevich and Konchakovna
  8. Prince Igor: Act II: Aria of Prince Igor
  9. Prince Igor: Act II: Prince Igor and Ovlur
  10. Prince Igor: Act II: Aria of Konchak
  11. Prince Igor: Act II: Recitative of Prince Igor
  12. Prince Igor: Act II: Polovtsian Dance with Choir

Disk 10

  1. Prince Igor: Act III: Polovtsian March
  2. Prince Igor: Act III: Song of Konchak
  3. Prince Igor: Act III: Recitative of Konchak and Choir of the Khans
  4. Prince Igor: Act III: Choir and Dance of the Guards
  5. Prince Igor: Act III: Recitative of Ovlur and Prince Igor
  6. Prince Igor: Act III: Trio (Konchakovna, Igoryevich and Prince Igor)
  7. Prince Igor: Act III: Finale
  8. Prince Igor: Act IV: Aria of Yaroslavna
  9. Prince Igor: Act IV: Song of the Peasants
  10. Prince Igor: Act IV: Recitative of Yaroslavna and Duet with Igor
  11. Prince Igor: Act IV: Song of the Gudok-players and Choir
  12. Prince Igor: Act IV: Choral Finale