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Borodin: Symphony No 2, Polovtsian Dances / Bátiz, Mexican


Release Date: 06/29/2004 
Label:  Resonance Catalog #: 3015   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Long mainstays of the catalog on ASV 6018, Batiz’s bracing performances of Borodin staples return on Sanctuary’s Resonance label, sounding as fresh and alert as ever. Granted, his modernist interpretations won’t appeal to everyone: fast, texturally lean, acutely balanced, and generally more notable for their rhythmic spit than their timbral splendor, they represent the sort of anti-sensual perspective from which the absence of the chorus in the Polovtsian Dances doesn’t make much difference. No surprise, then, that the outer movements of the symphony create a stronger impression than the Andante, which offers more clarity than atmosphere. Still, for those who don’t want to wallow, these are splendid readings. The orchestra plays well, and Read more even after 20 years, the engineering holds up: note, in particular, the lean solidity of the low brass. Recommended.

Peter J. Rabinowitz, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in B minor by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1876; Russia 
2.
Prince Igor: Overture by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Notes: Arranger: Alexander Glazunov. 
3.
Prince Igor: Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
4.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1869 - 1887). 

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