Borodin: Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

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Iván Fischer conducts Borodin & Tchaikovsky

Iván Fischer conducts Borodin & Tchaikovsky


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


When Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky stepped onto the stage in Saint Petersburg on 28 October 1893 to introduce his Sixth Symphony to the public, he was received with a roar of applause. Three quarters of an hour later the astonished audience was dumbfounded. How could a symphony begin so softly and end even more so? And what about the second movement with its undanceable waltz, and the third with its unstoppable march? Nine days after the premiere, Tchaikovsky died in a city ravaged by cholera.

The truly Russian mood that we associate with Tchaikovsky is also felt in the music of Borodin. His opera ‘Prince Igor’ remained incomplete when he died, but the Overture, the Chorus and Dance of the Polovtsian girls, the Polovtsian March and the on this recording added well-known Polovtsian Dances, gained a place of its own in orchestral repertoire.

“Fischer once again doesn’t disappoint; indeed, he’s brought to light elements of this work, in particular textural detaileven during the loud brass-led sections, the strings can still be heard over the top with a clarity that seems barely believable.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 23rd September 2016

“The sheer natural musicality of Fischer’s Budapest players is, as always, refreshing...the March is poised and brilliant, and if the finale could be even darker, it is eloquently played.” Sunday Times, 2nd October 2016

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Borodin: Symphonies 1 & 2 & Polovtsian Dances

Borodin: Symphonies 1 & 2 & Polovtsian Dances


Borodin:

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 Magazine, August 1991 (Gergiev)

“excellently recorded … Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances are vividly done” Gramophone Magazine, November 1983 (Ashkenazy)

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Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor

Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor


Borodin:

Prince Igor Overture

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Prince Igor: Polovtsian March

In the Steppes of Central Asia

Symphony No. 2 in B minor


“A fizzing account of Symphony No. 2 supported by particularly strong playing from the RPO.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 ****

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Leonard Bernstein conducts Brahms, Liszt, Enescu & Borodin

Leonard Bernstein conducts Brahms, Liszt, Enescu & Borodin


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D flat major

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 1 in E major

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 4 in E flat major


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Romantic Russia

Romantic Russia


Borodin:

Prince Igor Overture

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

(completed and orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov)

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina: Prelude

(completed and orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov)

A Night on the Bare Mountain

(arranged Rimsky-Korsakov)


“A sizzling account of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances is the centrepiece here. Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture is equally electrifying, yet there is tenderness, too, in Musorgsky's Khovanshchina Prelude. Solti fires up vintage LSO/Kingsway Hall performances.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2006 *****

“This arrangement by Rimsky-Korsakov (the serene ending to the piece is nowhere to be found in Mussorgsky's original, and actually uses music from his opera Sorochintsy Fair) is the version [of Night on a Bare Mountain] most familiar to many. Georg Solti conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a vivid performance full of heaving lower strings and snarling brass.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, September 2014

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Sir Adrian Boult Conducts the BBC SO

Sir Adrian Boult Conducts the BBC SO

Favourite Overtures


Auber:

Masaniello

Berlioz:

King Lear Overture, Op. 4

Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3

Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Holst:

Scherzo for Orchestra, H192

Mendelssohn:

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Mozart:

Symphony No. 32 in G major, K318

Tchaikovsky:

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)


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Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor, etc.

Borodin:

Symphony No. 2 in B minor

Symphony No. 3 in A minor (unfinished)

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Prince Igor Overture

In the Steppes of Central Asia


L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Choeur des Jeunes Lausanne, Choeur de Radio Lausanne, Ernest Ansermet

Borodin's second and third symphonies, plus the Overture and Polovstian Dances from Prince Igor and "In the Steppes of Central Asia" collect on a single CD all of Ernest Ansermet's Borodin recordings for Decca. All recordings have been widely praised for their dynamism and thrust, the Suisse Romande's weighty brass noted for its kindship with the Sultan's theme in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade & Borodin: Polovtsian Dances

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade & Borodin: Polovtsian Dances


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

London Philharmonic Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Concertgebouw Orchestra


For the first century of its history, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam had only four principal conductors, and it was the second and fourth, Willem Mengelberg and Bernard Haitink, who enjoyed a truly international reputation.

Previous issues on Eloquence from Haydn (476 8483) to Debussy (4646362) have shed light on the recordings made with the Concertgebouw by the third of its directors, Eduard van Beinum. With him the orchestra made many recordings for Decca which are being restored to the catalogue and uncovering the particular interpretative gifts identified by Classical Source: ‘With Van Beinum there is no artifice, just wholesome regard for the music. His is an intelligent approach to the music he plays through scrupulous attention to detail.’

Speaking of a recording made in July 1956 for Philips of Scheherezade, the four-movement tone poem in which Rimsky-Korsakov demonstrated his supreme gifts as an orchestrator, Classical Source called it ‘a superbly musical account, blessedly free of crass mannerisms and cheap vulgarities – with power and sensitivity in equal measure’. Particular praise was accorded on all sides to the solo part of the story-teller Scheherezade herself: ‘really beautiful solos by the Concertgebouw concertmaster of the day, Jan Damen’, noted Jay Nordlinger in the National Review.

This is among the fleetest accounts of Scheherezade on record, and Van Beinum’s control of line even at the swiftest of tempi is also a distinguishing feature of the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s unfinished magnum opus, Prince Igor. These were recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus (singing in English) several years earlier.

“The orchestral playing in this issue of these vivid dances is positively brilliant – the whirling introductory dance is quite breathtaking.” Gramophone Magazine, November 1950 (Polovtsian Dances)

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Russia: Romance and Revolution

Russia: Romance and Revolution


Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Borodin:

String Quartet No. 2: 3rd Movement (Notturno)

(arr. for string orchestra by Malcolm Sargent)

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Glazunov:

The Seasons, Op. 67 (Winter)

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Ippolitov-Ivanov:

Caucasian Sketches: Procession of the Sadar

Kabalevsky:

Galop from The Comedians, Op. 26

Khachaturian:

Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia

Liadov:

The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Boris Godunov: Coronation Scene

Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

Prokofiev:

Winter Bonfire Op. 122 I. Departure

Winter Bonfire Op. 122 III. Waltz

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

(arr. for oboe)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Variation 18

Morceaux de fantaisie Op. 3 No. 1

Morceaux de fantaisie Op. 3 No. 2

Vespers, Op. 37: Shestopsalmie. Slava v vyshnikh Bogu

Vespers, Op. 37: Svete tikhyi

Rimsky Korsakov:

The Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57

Tsvetï moi! (Servilia)

Scriabin:

Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 I. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

Romance (from The Gadfly)

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 24 in D minor

Stravinsky:

The Firebird - excerpts

Petrushka (1911 version) (excerpts)

The Rite of Spring: extracts

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 I. 1. Andante - Allegro con anima

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

The Seasons, Op. 37b: October ('Autumn Song')

Ya vas lyublyu 'Yeletsky’s aria' (from Pique Dame)

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene' (from Eugene Onegin)

Pochudilis mne budto golosa - Za dvorom luzhok zelenvoshek (Oprichnik)

Adieu, forêts (from Jeanne d'Arc)

The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (excerpts)

Zaderatsky:

Prelude In D Major

Fugue In D Major


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Russian Masters

Russian Masters


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Glazunov:

Chant du Ménestrel, Op. 71

Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Shchedrin:

In Imitation of Albeniz

Shostakovich:

Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

Tchaikovsky:

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4

Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano)


Jamal Aliyev (cello) & Anna Fedorova (piano)

Cellist Jamal Aliyev and pianist Anna Fedorova explore the Russian works that are been central to both their musical and family heritages.

In the introduction to this new recording Aliyev and Fedorova describe the shared experience of being brought up by parents who were musically schooled in Russia’s Soviet music tradition, lending a special resonance and insight to their performances and collaboration. This disc includes Sonatas and other works by a broad palette of different Russian styles, including Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Borodin and Schedrin.

BBC Introducing Classical Artist Jamal Aliyev is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after cellists of his generation. Aliyev has performed frequently on BBC Radio 3, and is the First Prize winner of several international competitions, including the Muriel Taylor Cello Competition (2014); Croydon Concerto Competition (2015); Bromsgrove International Competition (2015) and Eastbourne Concerto Competition (2016). Aliyev has also twice won both the Royal College of Music Concerto Competition (2014 and 2015) and the Royal College of Music Violoncello Competition (2014 and 2015), the college where he also studies.

Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s leading young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world were stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. Critics have praised Anna’s signature “sweet modesty and wild expression”, which rendered listeners “completely taken by surprise, compelled and astonished.”

“Thoughtful, expansive readings of the two great Soviet cello sonatas from a young artist possessed of enviable technique and a rich broad palette.” Classical Music, April 2017 ****

“There’s a heartfelt quality to Jamal Aliyev’s playing that comes across strongly on this debut disc.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ***

“Aliyev plays with a pleasant if tightly focused tone and Fedorova is clearly on the same wavelength. There are countless little touches of imaginative colour – the balletic grace with which Aliyev unfolds the second subject of Prokofiev’s first movement, Fedorova strumming her piano like a gusli at the start of Glazunov’s Chant du ménéstrel, and the two of them whirling and shimmering together in Shostakovich’s Scherzo” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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