Borodin - Complete Piano Works

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Borodin - Complete Piano Works

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27th April 2009




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Borodin - Complete Piano Works


Petite Suite

Scherzo in A flat

In the Steppes of Central Asia

original transcription by the composer for piano 4 hands

Tarantella in D for piano 4 hands

for piano 4 hands

Allegretto in D flat for piano 4 hands

for piano 4 hands

Scherzo in E for piano 4 hands

for piano 4 hands

Adagio patetico in A flat

Polka Hélène in D minor for piano 4 hands

for piano 4 hands

Paraphrases (24 variations & 15 little pieces based on a simple theme, for piano, by Borodin, Liszt, Cui, Liadov & Rimsky-Korsakov)


A la manière de Borodine

Marco Rapetti (piano)



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Alexander Borodin was a part-time composer whose primary career was in science. Borodin was a member of the ‘Mighty Handful’, the group of five Russian composers which included Balakirev, Cui, Rimsky Korsakov and Mussorgsky, who established a Russian school of composition building on the legacy of Mikhail Glinka.

Borodin liked to joke, ‘I compose only when I am ill’, and he left a small body of work, much of it in a fragmentary state at his death, which was later edited and completed by Rimsky and Glazunov. However, such is the quality of these works that his place among the greatest of Russian composers is assured. The three symphonies, In the Steppes of central Asia, the opera Prince Igor and the two string quartets are masterpieces.

Borodin studied the piano as a small child, and the earliest work on this survey of his complete output for piano is the Polka Helene, composed when he was just 9 years old. Paraphrases on a Simple Theme was a venture with Lyadov, Rimsky-Korsakov and Cui, with Liszt providing the prelude. Written for fun, they are delightfully witty.

The Petite Suite is a collection of short works Borodin composed over a number of years, an example of high class salon music – Borodin knew his Kalkbrenner, Field and Hummel well. The Scherzo in A flat from 1885 is a wonderful work, often played as an encore by Rachmaninov. Ravel admired Borodin, and had studied his music as a teenager, and his affectionate tribute to Borodin is included in the little Waltz in the manner of Borodin.

Contains the premiere recordings of ‘In the Steppes of central Asia’ in the composers arrangement for 4 hands, plus premier recordings for the Scherzo in E, Allegretto in D flat, Polka Helene, and Adagio Patetico in A flat

Comprehensive booklet note

Marco Rapetti has recorded the piano music of Lyapunov, as well as the sonata by Dukas and works for two pianos by Malipiero

Recording made in 2008

Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: Petite Suite

I. In the Monastery

II. Intermezzo

III. Mazurka

IV. Mazurka

V. Reverie

VI. Serenade

VII. Nocturne

Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: Scherzo in A-Flat Major

Scherzo in A-Flat Major

Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: V sredney Azii (In Central Asia), "In the Steppes of Central Asia" (version for piano 4 hands)

V sredney Azii (In Central Asia), "In the Steppes of Central Asia" (version for piano 4 hands)

Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: Paraphrases



Marche Funebre





Fughetta on B-A-C-H







Fugue Grotesque

Cortege Triomphal

Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: Tarantella


Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: Allegretto in D-Flat Major

Allegretto in D-Flat Major

Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: Scherzo in E Major

Scherzo in E Major

Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: Adagio patetico in A-Flat Major

Adagio patetico in A-Flat Major

Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: Polka Helene

Polka Helene

Maurice Ravel: A la maniere de Borodine

A la maniere de Borodine

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