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Borodin: Symphonies 1, 2 & 3, Etc / Davis, Toronto So


Release Date: 04/16/1996 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 62406   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Andrew DavisSaulius SondeckisLeonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony OrchestraSt. Petersburg Camerata of the Hermitage MuseumNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This makes a most recommendable compilation, with Andrew Davis’s bluff and bouncy readings of the three symphonies and the Prince Igor items well supplemented by two favourite extra items. The original LPs, I remember, made the Toronto performances seem a little dull, but with the extra brightness of the CD transfer their amiable qualities are clearly conveyed. There is no neurasthenia in Davis’s view of Borodin here, consistently strong, purposeful and well-sprung, with the warmly lyrical folk flavour of the themes regularly brought out. The recording may lack a genuine pianissimo, but that matches the rugged quality of the performances, which yield some fine playing, notably from the wind and brass principals. Davis opts for unexaggerated Read more speeds in the symphonies, never letting the music either drag in slow movements or be raced off its feet in the fast ones. No. 2 may have received more refined readings, but this is as winning as any.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [10/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E flat major by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Russia 
2.
Symphony no 2 in B minor by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1876; Russia 
3.
Symphony no 3 in A minor by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Russia 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major: 3rd movement, Andante "Nocturne" by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Saulius Sondeckis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Camerata of the Hermitage Museum
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 
5.
In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
6.
Prince Igor: Overture by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
7.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1869 - 1887). 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Terrific Borodin, Terrific Performances  May 9, 2019 By Joseph P. (Claresholm, AB) See All My Reviews "A lot to like on this recording. As I listen to Borodin's symphonies, I often think that Elmer Bernstein paid close attention to these works and was influenced by them as he composed his classic soundtrack for 'The Magnificent Seven.' When I program, however, I do omit Track 1 (Adagio, 1st Symphony) on Disk 1, and Track 3 (Notturno) on Disk 2. They're well played, but not for me. I'm all in on the rest of it though. On these performances, the Toronto SO matches up to the best in the world. Would not hesitate to repurchase, if necessary." Report Abuse
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