• ELQ4808946 Katalognummer
  • 028948089468 EAN
  • CD Format
  • 2014 Utgivelsesår

Gergiev, Valéry

Ashkenazy, Vladimir

Borodin, Alexander

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra | London Opera Chorus | Philharmonia Orchestra



Borodin, Alexander:

Symphony No. 1 in E flat major - Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Valéry Gergiev
Symphony No. 2 in B minor - Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Valéry Gergiev
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances - London Opera Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy


Borodin’s First Symphony was one of his earliest large-scale works and shows a great increase of technical skill over anything he had done before. Of course, it was a brave decision on Borodin’s part to undertake a symphony when he had little experience of large-scale form and none of orchestration. The influence of Schumann is rather apparent, although the example of Berlioz is more heeded in the imaginative and many­hued orchestration.

The Second Symphony is one of Borodin’s masterpieces, finding the composer at the height of his capabilities. Given its strong musical ties with Prince Igor, outlined in Max Harrison’s booklet note, the filler on this CD – the ‘Polovtsian Dances’ from Prince Igor is particularly apt. What’s more, it’s the first international release of the Ashkenazy recording made in 1983 and coupled on the original LP with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

“The Rotterdam orchestra is afforded a richness and sonority, plus an overall bloom on strings, winds and brass alike, which is most appealing” Gramophone (Gergiev)

“excellently recorded … Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances are vividly done” Gramophone (Ashkenazy)


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