on 3 December 2015
Having read the review by Mark Meldon I went ahead and purchased this CD very cheaply. i did not know too much about Borodin so it was an experimental purchase. This CD seems to encompass his complete symphonic output, the third symphony remaining incomplete at his death.
On listening I have to say that it is the slow movement andantees that are, for me, the real stars. The andante [3rd movement] of the First symphony is really lovely with real shades of Mendelssohn, apparently a great favourite of his, according to the sleeve notes.
Overall my feeling is that Borodin is worth giving a try. He doesnt feature that much on the concert repertoire and listening to it you do get a sense of a Russian mood which was trying to break away from the German tradition. Rather like the curates egg I found it good in parts but would certainly recommend it for the beautiful andante, hence the 4 stars. Including postage, its certainly worth the price of a daily newspaper. Sound quality etc is as good as we have come to expect from Naxos.