Borodin : Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
Borodin : Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3, Prince Igor Overture
Ernest Ansermet, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1954)
Decca SXL 6126
Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887) :
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3)
Prince Igor Overture
Recorded in October and November 1954 at Victoria Hall, Geneva, by Roy Wallace.
Anyone believing in the old adage that science and the fine arts do not mix must rethink his ideas when he becomes acquainted with Alexandr Borodin’s biography and his music. The Russian professor of chemistry constantly stole time from his lectures in order to compose; it was musical elements and formulas rather than chemical ones that occupied him.
Without a doubt, the Second Symphony in B minor best reflects Russian feeling and temperament. Its rather harsh and mechanical theme is contrasted first by a lively little song and later by a conciliatory second subject. Cheerful and soothing melodies are heard in ever new combinations until the main theme returns once again and the movement is brought to a powerful close. The Scherzo, with its throbbing horns, march rhythms and thrilling woodwinds, is equally electrifying. The contemplative Andante is followed by a highly explosive Finale based on two Russian dance melodies which are widely varied during the course of the music.
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