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Borodin: Symphonies No 1-3 / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

Borodin / Schwarz / Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572786   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


If you're looking for a stellar disc containing all three Borodin symphonies in top-notch sound (the Third left incomplete, its two movements orchestrated by Glazunov), then look no further. Gerard Schwarz and his players seem to have developed a real affinity for Russian music, as their previous Rimsky-Korsakov disc suggests. The First Symphony sounds unusually cogent and masterly in their hands. Listen to the bite of the lower brass in the outer movements, and hear the plaintive songfulness of the woodwinds in the Andante. It's a true Russian sound.

The same idiomatic characteristics enhance the Second Symphony's gutsy opening string theme, while the finale simply explodes with
Read more color and energy. Borodin's Second is one of those works that everyone takes for granted, but its compact 25 minutes or so comprises one of the very best Russian symphonies of any period. It has enjoyed many fine performances, but this one is every bit as good as the best of them, and as already noted, the sonics are splendid. Don't hesitate for a minute.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in A minor by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Russia 
2.
Symphony no 2 in B minor by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1876; Russia 
3.
Symphony no 1 in E flat major by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Russia 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in E flat major *: I. Adagio - Allegro - Andantino
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major *: II. Scherzo: Prestissimo - Trio: Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major *: III. Andante
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major *: IV. Alegro molto vivo
Symphony No. 2 in B minor: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 2 in B minor: II. Scherzo: Prestissimo. Trio: Allegretto
Symphony No. 2 in B minor: III. Andante
Symphony No. 2 in B minor: IV. Finale: Allegro
Symphony No. 3 in A minor (unfinished) (orch. A.K. Glazunov): I. Moderato assai
Symphony No. 3 in A minor (unfinished) (orch. A.K. Glazunov): II. Scherzo: Vivo - Trio: Moderato

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Hearty Endorsement! January 30, 2014 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "I love Borodin! This release is tops in all respects. The Seattle Symphony has a fine hall in which to play and record, so skilled playing is further enhanced. A true bargain here from NAXOS." Report Abuse
 Pleasing Music August 23, 2012 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "I am not a huge fan of Borodin but these symphonies are very well played. I especially thought symphony 2 was a home run. A welcomed addition to a classical library. " Report Abuse
 Good July 8, 2012 By F. Franssen (Roermond, Limburg) See All My Reviews "Nice and friendly music." Report Abuse
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