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Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 1/ 2/ 3 CD

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  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Composer: Alexander PorfirYevich Borodin
  • Audio CD (27 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0052FG82W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in E flat major - Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  2. Symphony No. 2 in B minor - Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  3. Symphony No. 3 in A minor Unfinished (orch. Glazunov) - Seattle Symphony Orchestra

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A new recording of key Russian Romantic repertoire, Borodin's symphonies exude lyricism and panache. The First took five years to complete but is a work of seamless melodic invention owing something to Mendelssohn, whose influence infuses it with delicious lightness. The Second Symphony is a more explicitly Russian work, pulsing with festive and march-like elements, high-spirited and boldly nationalistic. The Third was left incomplete, and was reconstructed and orchestrated by Glazunov with considerable facility and imagination.

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Three cheers to the Seattle Symphony for championing Borodin's symphonies, particularly in such fresh, lithe performances. They are slightly brightly recorded, maybe, and lack that particular warmth and glow that some classic recordings have brought to the music; but on the other hand Gerard Schwarz shows how virile the symphonies are, and how worthwhile it can be to explore other areas of the Romantic Russian repertoire than the usual Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Borodin's reputation as a catchy tunesmith was fostered in the Fifties by adaptations of his works in the popular musical Kismet, but the symphonies reveal a composer of much greater substance than a mere melodist. Schwarz keeps the rhythms taut and buoyant, animating the first movement after its adagio opening, breathing air into the nimble scherzo and propelling the finale with gusto. The slow movement, where Borodin s lyrical gift comes most prominently to the surface, is done with unexaggerated charm. Borodin took ages to write these symphonies, not least because of his day job as a chemist, and the Third exists only in two movements that were completed by Glazunov after Borodin's death. This is glorious music, played with character and vitality. **** --Daily Telegraph,30/06/11

I've never understood why Borodin's symphonies are so rarely played, though interest in his output has, for some reason, dipped of late. That he was a chemist by profession, and composed between sessions at his lab, has led to charges of amateurism that have possibly put some people off. His symphonies took years to write, and the Third, left incomplete at his death, was finished by Alexander Glazunov. But each has a freshness that belies its protracted genesis, and all three are wonderfully original. Even the First, for all its debts to Schumann and Mendelssohn, has a slow movement that is dominated by one of those gorgeous quasi-oriental melodies that only Borodin could write. Gerard Schwarz and his Seattle Symphony deserve awards for venturing where many conductors and orchestras are nowadays unwilling to tread. These performances are very fine, with the First beautifully expansive, and the Second lean and taut without losing its poetry. The bucolic Third is too hard-edged for my taste, though it's nicely played. It's a fine disc and a terrific bargain. Treat yourself.**** --Guardian,11/08/11

It's good to have Borodin's Symphonies,which made such a vital contribution to the Russian orchestral repertoire,together on one disc,and especially in such idiosyncratic interpretations as these.Scharz's players take delight,and so do we. Performance ***** Recording **** BBC MUSIC ORCHESTRAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11

Lively,colourful accounts of Borodin' symphonies-all two and a a half of them. --Gramophone awards issue '11

It's good to have Borodin's Symphonies,which made such a vital contribution to the Russian orchestral repertoire,together on one disc,and especially in such idiosyncratic interpretations as these.Scharz's players take delight,and so do we. Performance ***** Recording **** BBC MUSIC ORCHESTRAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11

The recording is top quality,explicit and immediate,the double basses always present and Schwarz's welcome use of antiphonal violins vividly captured across quite a wide stereo spectrum . --IRR,Nov'11

It's good to have Borodin's Symphonies,which made such a vital contribution to the Russian orchestral repertoire,together on one disc,and especially in such idiosyncratic interpretations as these.Scharz's players take delight,and so do we. Performance ***** Recording **** BBC MUSIC ORCHESTRAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11

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I bought this Borodin cd having never heard his 3 symphonies before and what a delight they are. The chemistry between conducter, orchestra and the composition is just so perfectly well balanced in all departments. The music is magical and upliftingly lush with plenty of power from the super sounding brass-section. This cd sounds fresh and bright with lots of bite, all 3 symphonies are played with heart and soul and contain many goosebump moments. Maximum praise of the highest order for this 1st class cd.
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For some reason, Borodin still does not have the recognition he (in my opinion) deserves. These symphonies are colourful and melodic, conjuring up the flavour of 19th Century Russia. If you are not familiar with them, these spirited and lively performances should help convince you of their worth, especially with the typically excellent Naxos recording quality.
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Another good bargain, giving all Borodin Symphonies, very pleased with this set.
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I bought this CD without knowing the music. The CD was fine and enjoyable, but won't be a favourite of mine. I was expecting something more in the style of the traditional Russian dance music. However the arrangements were more like Schubert with some of the themes being a little over repetitive, lacking the touch of his Polovtsian dances. So I was which was a little disapointed.
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I had to return the Cd because it was faulty. There were gaps on several tracks and the CD was o
bviously not acceptable.
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