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ALEXANDER PORFIR'YEVICH BORODIN  

(1833 - 1887)

Borodin was a member of The Five, or The Mighty Handful (so named by the Russian critic and librarian Vladimir Stasov). These were the principal nationalist composers in later-19th-century Russia, following the example of Glinka, their forerunner. Borodin, like some of his musical colleagues, pursued a career in addition to music, winning distinction as a professor of chemistry. His output was limited by the amount of attention he was able to give to composition, and at his death he left a number of works unfinished (subsequently completed by his friend Rimsky-Korsakov and others).

Operas

Borodin’s most famous opera, Prince Igor, was completed by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov. It includes the famous ‘Polovtsian Dances’, choral dances with which the captive prince is entertained by Khan Konchak.

Orchestral Music

The best-known example of Borodin’s orchestral music is the musical picture In the Steppes of Central Asia, a vivid evocation of an exotic region. The second of his three symphonies occupied him intermittently for seven years; it is an attractive and very Russian work, which, along with Symphony No 1 and the unfinished Third Symphony, forms an important addition to nationalist symphonic repertoire.

Chamber Music

Borodin’s proposed composition of string quartets excited the suspicions of fellow nationalists, who sensed a surrender to what they regarded as foreign, German techniques. The two string quartets that he completed, however, were firmly Russian in inspiration, in spite of their technically competent form. The Second Quartet includes the famous Nocturne, all too familiar from many arrangements. Other chamber music of interest includes a piano quintet, a string quintet and a cello sonata that is based on a theme from JS Bach’s Sonata in G minor, BWV 1001.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Russian Symphonies Naxos 8.572955
Classic Bouquet Naxos 8.505080
Classical Moments 1-3 Naxos 8.506004
Romantic Symphonies Naxos 8.505039

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
101 GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.551141
Orchestral
20 YEARS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC: Naxos Anniversary Collection (Naxos Denmark) Naxos
8.570598
Orchestral
A TO Z OF CONDUCTORS Naxos Educational
8.558087-90
Orchestral
ACCARDO, Salvatore: Accardo and Friends - Chamber Works Dynamic
CDS207
Chamber Music
BACH: Violin concerto in E Major / BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2 Amadis
7244
Chamber Music
BJORLING, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 1: Opera and Operetta Recordings (1930-1938) Naxos Historical
8.110722
Opera
BORODIN, A.: Symphony No. 2 / MUSSORGSKY, M.: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. by Ravel) (Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2056794
Classical Concert
BORODIN, A.: Symphony No. 2 / MUSSORGSKY, M.: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. by Ravel) (Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle) (NTSC) EuroArts
2056798
Classical Concert
BORODIN, A.P.: String Quartet No. 2 / STRAVINSKY, I.: 3 Pieces for String Quartet / SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartet No. 3 (Lafayette String Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90203
Chamber Music
BORODIN, A.P.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 (St. Petersburg String Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90307
Chamber Music
BORODIN, A.P.: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.572786
Orchestral
BORODIN: Piano Quintet / String Quintet Marco Polo
8.223172
Chamber Music
BORODIN: Prince Igor (Highlights) / In the Steppes of Central Asia Naxos
8.557456
Orchestral, Opera
BORODIN: Prince Igor (Ivanov, Smolenskaya, Melik-Pashayev) (1951) Naxos Historical
8.111071-73
Opera
BORODIN: String Quartet No. 2 / SMETANA: String Quartet No. 1 Artek
AR-0012-2
Chamber Music
BORODIN: String Quartet No. 2 in D Major / BRAHMS: Intermezzos Amadis
7245
Chamber Music
BORODIN: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.550850
Chamber Music
BORODIN: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / In the Steppes of Central Asia BIS
BIS-CD-726
Orchestral
BORODIN: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Naxos
8.550238
Orchestral
CAFE CLASSICS (AUSTRALIA ONLY) Naxos
8.555258-59
Chamber Music
CAN-CAN AND OTHER DANCES FROM THE OPERA Naxos
8.550924
Orchestral
CHALIAPIN, Feodor: A Vocal Portrait (1907-1936) Naxos Historical
8.110748-49
Opera
CLASSICAL FAVOURITES Naxos
8.554482-83
Orchestral
CLASSICAL MOMENTS 2: Classical Music for Love Naxos
8.555358
Chamber Music
Classical Music Start-Up Kit, Vol. 2: 1825-1945 Naxos Educational
8.550835
Orchestral
Classics at the Movies: Adventure Naxos
8.556802
Chamber Music
CLASSICS FOR LOVERS Naxos
8.570013-14
Orchestral
DE LYSE NAETTER - Stemningsfuld musik pa 3 CD'er (The Light Nights - Evocative Music on 3 CDs) Naxos
8.503148DK
Chamber Music
Discover Music of the Romantic Era Naxos Educational
8.558155-56
Orchestral
DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY (2008 edition) Naxos Educational
8.558208-09
Orchestral
DORIAN RECORDINGS, 1989-2000 (COMPLETE) (The Ames Piano Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-90908
Chamber Music
DVORAK: Symphony No. 9 / BORODIN: Symphony No. 2 Naxos
8.553229
Orchestral
ENCHANTED LAKE (THE) - Sensual Music by Mozart, Mahler, Grieg, Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Liadov, Shostakovich, and others Naxos
8.555358DK
Chamber Music
FAMOUS OVERTURES, Vol. 1 Amadis
7136
Orchestral
Flute Recital: Marcusson, Goran - CHEN, G. / HE ZHAN, H. / SIBELIUS, J. / MANCINI, H. / ROTA, N. (Inspiration, Vol. 2: Melodies of a Silver Flute) Naxos
8.570389
Orchestral
GREAT CHAMBER MUSIC (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501064
Chamber Music
GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS 1 (Australia) Naxos
8.570036
Orchestral
GREAT RUSSIAN SYMPHONIES (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501059
Orchestral
Horn Recital: Stacy, Thomas - MYERS, S. / BORODIN, A. / FIOCCO, J. / BARLOW, W. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / RODRIGO, J. / PASCULLI, A. (Plaintive Melody) Delos
DE3318
Chamber Music
JOSE CARRERAS COLLECTION (Int'l Edition) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101415
Classical Concert
JOSE CARRERAS COLLECTION: Bolshoi Opera Night (A) (1989) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101409
Classical Concert
JUON, P.: Piano Quartet No. 1, "Rhapsody" / TANEYEV, S.I.: Piano Quartet, Op. 20 (The Russian Piano Quartet) (The Ames Piano Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93215
Chamber Music
KHACHATURIAN, A.I.: Gayane Suite No. 1 / Masquerade Suite / BORODIN, A.P.: Prince Igor (Vodka and Caviar) Delos
DE3288
Opera
KIROV CELEBRATES NIJINSKY (THE) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100392
Ballet DVD
KLASSISKA FAVORITER, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550554
Chamber Music
MCCLEERY, D.: Discover Music of the Romantic Era (Unabridged) Naxos AudioBooks
NA495212
Orchestral
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) – CRIMEA / RUSSIA / UZBEKISTAN (NTSC) Naxos
2.110291
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - RUSSIA / UKRAINE / UZBEKISTAN Naxos
2.110292
Classical Concert
MUSSORGSKY : PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION Naxos
8.550051DX
Orchestral
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition Naxos
DVDI 0999
Orchestral, Classical Concert
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition / BORODIN: Polovtsian Dances Naxos
8.550051
Orchestral
Opera Arias (Baritone): Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - BORODIN, A.P. / MUSSORGSKY, M.P. / RUBINSTEIN, A. / WAGNER, R. / GIORDANO, U. / VERDI, G. Delos
DE3365
Opera
Opera Arias (Bass): Abdrazakov, Ildar - RACHMANINOV, S. / GLINKA, M.I. / BORODIN, A.P. / MUSSORGSKY, M.P. (Power Players: Russian Arias for Bass) Delos
DE3456
Opera
Opera Arias (Tenor): Shtoda, Daniil - RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / TCHAIKOVKSY, P.I. / DARGOMYZHSKY, A.S. / RACHMANINOV, S. / KHRENNIKOV, T.N. Delos
DE3348
Opera
OPERA BOX Naxos
8.503203
Opera
OPERA GALA - 35th Anniversary (A Tribute to Delos Founder Amelia S. Haygood) Delos
DE3395
Opera
OPERA WITHOUT WORDS - The Most Famous Overtures, Preludes, and Interludes in Opera Naxos
8.557945-46
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - MUSSORGSKY, M. / BORODIN, A. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.(Stokowski) (1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80198
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Russian) - GLINKA, M.I. / BORODIN, A.P. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / PROKOFIEV, S. (Overtures and Orchestral Works) (Pletnev) Newton Classics
NC8802037
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Russian) - TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / GLIERE, R. / SCRIABIN, A. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / GEDIKE, A.F. (Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Orbelian) Delos
DE3244
Orchestral
ORCHESTRAL SPECTACULAR Amadis
7111
Orchestral
Orchestral Spectacular Naxos
8.550501
Orchestral
PAPERNO, Dmitry: Piano Recital Cedille
CDR90000-074
Instrumental
PERFECT ROMANCE Naxos
8.570029
Chamber Music
Piano Recital: Gelius, Micaela - FIELD, J. / DEBUSSY, C. / SCHUMANN, R. / CHOPIN, F. / GLINKA, M.I. / GRIFFES, C. (Piano Night Pieces) Music Agents Red Label
MA505
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Landrum, Michael - FIELD, J. / CHOPIN, F. / RESPIGHI, O. / SCRIABIN, A. / FAURE, G. / FRANCAIX, J. (Nocturnes) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92158
Instrumental
PODLES, Ewa: Russian Arias Delos
DE3298
Opera
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 3 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442263022
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRIMROSE: Viola Transcriptions Naxos
8.557391
Chamber Music
RACHMANINOV, S.: Cello Sonata / BORODIN, A.: Cello Sonata / SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Cello Sonata (Chaushian, Sudbin) BIS
BIS-SACD-1858
Chamber Music
RACHMANINOV, Sergei: Piano Solo Recordings, Vol. 2 - Victor Recordings (1925-1942) Naxos Historical
8.112058
Instrumental
RUSSIAN FAVORITES Naxos
8.571094
Orchestral
Russian Favourites Naxos
8.553249
Orchestral
Russian Festival Naxos
8.550085
Orchestral
RUSSIAN FESTIVAL Naxos
8.570047
Orchestral
RUSSIAN OPERA ARIAS, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.554844
Opera
Russian Spectacular Naxos
8.553242
Orchestral
SIMON RATTLE AND THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (4 Blu-ray Disc Set) EuroArts
2059734
Classical Concert
SVENSKA FOLKETS ONSKEKONSERT Naxos
8.557192
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 4 / BORODIN, A.P.: Symphony No. 2 (Leaper, G. Schwarz) Naxos
8.572955
Orchestral
THE BEST OF MARCO POLO Marco Polo
8.223002
Chamber Music
TONER TILL TROST (Music for Comfort) Naxos
8.503158
Chamber Music
UNITED STATES ARMY BRASS BAND: Firestorm Altissimo
75442262302
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
VERDI, G.: String Quartet / BORODIN, A.: String Quartet No. 2 (Accardo, Batjer, Hoffman, Wiley) Dynamic
CDS047
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - GLINKA, M.I. / DARGOMYZHSKY, A.S. / BORODIN, A.P. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / CUI, C. (Pushkin Romances) Delos
DE3392
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Svetlov, Mikhail - MUSSORGSKY, M.P. / CUI, C. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / BALAKIREV, M.A. / BORODIN, A.P. (Russian Songs) Naxos
8.572218
Vocal
WAGNER / LISZT / RAVEL / TCHAIKOVSKY: Orchestral Spectacular Naxos
8.571081
Orchestral
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1993 - Russian Night (Ozawa) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107163
Classical Concert
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