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Borodin: Symphonies 1 & 2, Etc / Ashkenazy, Royal Po


Release Date: 04/04/1994 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 436651   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"With its wealth of striking and richly melodic themes and its original dramatic structure, Borodin's Second Symphony should by rights be one of the most popular of Russian symphonies... Ashkenazy's coupling is both apt and generous. If I regret that he did not include the unfinished Symphony No. 3 as well as No. 1... there is no doubt that the symphonic poem, In the Steppes of Central Asia, is a finer example of Borodin's genius, and is given a warmly atmospheric performance here. If in the Symphony No. 1 Ashkenazy's performance is less high-powered than in No. 2, that reflects a rather less challengingly original work. None the less, its many delights come over richly, thanks not only to the quality of the RPO's playing but to the Read more full-bodied recording. Though the three works were recorded in three different venues—respectively Watford Town Hall, Abbey Road and Walthamstow Assembly Rooms—the Decca engineers have produced sound consistently satisfying, full and brilliant."

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [8/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E flat major by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 35 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in B minor by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 26 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony no 1: II. Scherzo: Prestissimo
Symphony no 2: I. Allegro
Symphony no 2: III. Andante

Sound Samples

In the Steppes of Central Asia
Symphony No.1 in E flat: 1. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No.1 in E flat: 2. Scherzo (Prestissimo) - Trio (Allegro)
Symphony No.1 in E flat: 3. Andante
Symphony No.1 in E flat: 4. Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No.2 in B minor: 1. Allegro
Symphony No.2 in B minor: 2. Scherzo (Prestissimo - Allegretto - Tempo I)
Symphony No.2 in B minor: 3. Andante
Symphony No.2 in B minor: 4. Finale (Allegro)

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