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Borodin: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 / Gergiev, Rotterdam Phil


Release Date: 12/07/1990 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 422996   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Rotterdam orchestra on Philips is afforded a richness and sonority, plus an overall bloom on strings, wind and brass alike, which is most appealing... The very Russian opening [of the First Symphony] is...robustly direct, partly of course because the Rotterdam double-basses are made amply resonant by their acoustic ambience and the timpani are boldly caught... The scherzo goes splendidly...and here again the Rotterdam acoustic brings a most attractive bloom to the lightheartedly fleet orchestral playing... The playing in [the Andante] is beautiful, with an attractive feeling of reverie...

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [8/1991]
The Rotterdam orchestra on Philips is afforded a richness and sonority, plus an overall bloom on strings, wind and brass alike, which is most appealing... The very Russian opening [of the First Symphony] is...robustly direct, partly of course because the Rotterdam double-basses are made amply resonant by their acoustic ambience and the timpani are boldly caught... The scherzo goes splendidly...and here again the Rotterdam acoustic brings a most attractive bloom to the lightheartedly fleet orchestral playing... The playing in [the Andante] is beautiful, with an attractive feeling of reverie...

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [8/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in E flat major by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1989 
Venue:  Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
Length: 35 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 2 in B minor by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1989 
Venue:  Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
Length: 30 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Sound Samples

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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