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5.0 out of 5 stars A rather different Borodin, 13 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Borodin - Complete Chamber Music [3 CD Set] (Audio CD)
There are nine of Borodin's works here in almost three hours of chamber music.

Six of the nine works were written in the the late 1850s to early 1862 when Borodin was on his post-doctoral studies in Heidelberg and prior to his meeting Balakirev and becoming a member of the "Mighty Handful".

A great admirer of the work of Mendelssohn, some of his early works show a trace of the Germanic influence of Mendelssohn combined with rich Glinka-like melodies based on the Russian folk tradition.

Most people will be familiar with the later String Quartets - particularly the second one with its outstanding second and third movements. The two movements of the incomplete sextet are excellent, particularly the andante second movement and both of the trios for two violins and cello are also full of pleasing melodies. However, for me, the two piano pieces are the highlights of the collection. The early trio for piano, violin and cello is an absolute gem, particularly the second movement with its distinctive pizzicato; the piano quintet is also delightful and more obviously "Russian".

This collection will appeal also to lovers of chamber music as well as to those, like myself, who adore his post 1862 compositions such as the second symphony and "In The Steppes Of Central Asia." (See my other two reviews of Borodin).

The cardboard holder for three CDs is not strong but it does come with an excellent booklet giving comprehensive background to the compositions.

A delightful collection that it will be a pleasure to keep dipping into and outstanding value.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melody to burn ..., 8 April 2011
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This review is from: Borodin - Complete Chamber Music [3 CD Set] (Audio CD)
The unprepossessing cover of this 3-CD set belies the gems to be found and enjoyed within. If Borodin was anything as a composer he was a melodist par excellence. This is not to say his music lacks anything in structural or rhythmic attractiveness but, above all, it is his gift for melody that goes straight to the heart of the listener. For this compilation of his chamber music a most attractive 3-hour program has been assembled that will abundantly reward anyone willing to invest the small sum required. The Second String Quartet (whose melodies were mined for the musical "Kismet") may already be familiar, the First Quartet perhaps less so, but try the prestissimo Scherzo with its delightful Trio played in harmonics. In the String Quintet in F minor the fourth movement provides an attractively tuneful finale that is unforgettable. The chamber music with piano is represented by the Piano Quintet in C minor and the gorgeous Piano Trio in D with its captivating first movement and third movement "Minuet" that sounds like a rustic and slightly tipsy waltz. You won't be able to prevent yourself from smiling. Two String Trios, a short Serenata for string quartet and the String Sextet in D minor are also included - an incredible 9 works! Performances are by the Moscow String Quartet and Moscow Trio, superlative artists all, and the recordings have a very pleasing bloom and presence. This delightful issue is a joy from start to finish and cannot be recommended highly enough.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning performance, 23 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Borodin - Complete Chamber Music [3 CD Set] (Audio CD)
Unlike many reviewers, I'm no expert on classical music. I bought this because I've heard Borodin music that really appeals to me. These musicians are truly gifted and give a brilliant performance. Recording quality is also excellent. The content is generally good with some memorable parts. Other parts do not appeal so much to me. Overall four stars. Worth buying, I think.
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