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Borodin, Alexander - Symphonies Nos. 1-3 - Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra


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Symphony Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Mark Ermler, conductor
Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Loris Tjeknavorian, conductor

It seems strange that such a celebrated composer as Alexander Borodin actually spent much of his life as a distinguished research chemist. While working as a professor in Chemistry at the University of St Petersburg in 1862, Borodin met pivotal composer Mily Balakirev, who encouraged him to explore the musical world, and began to tutor him in harmony and counterpoint. The rest, as they say, is history.

The First Symphony is notable for the rhythmic interest of the first movement and the lively second movement, which shows the influence of Mendelssohn, with the third movement full of heartfelt romanticism- a fitting contrast to the resplendent final movement. The work is followed by In the Steppes of Central Asia, a symphonic poem dedicated to Franz Liszt and in which Russian and Asiatic folk-tunes are combined with other techniques to create a utopian image of the Russian landscape. Then comes the iconic Symphony No.2, regarded by many as the pinnacle of Borodin's symphonic achievement. Completing the line-up is the Symphony No.3 in A minor - a work that remained unfinished at the time of Borodin's death but was later completed by the young prodigy Alexander Glazunov, who perfectly captured the older composer's style.

The Symphonies are performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, conducted by Mark Ermler, while In the Steppes of Central Asia is played by Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Loris Tjeknavorian.

Recorded in 1994-2000.
Fakta
Artikelnummer 94453
Streckkod 5028421944531
Utgivningsdatum 2012-12-05
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Brilliant Classics
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Utövare
Artister Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Dirigenter Ermler, Mark
Kompositörer Borodin, Alexander
Disk: 1
1 Symphony No. 1
2 In the Steppes of Central Asia
Disk: 2
1 Symphony No. 2
2 Symphony No. 3
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