Alexander Borodin

Biography

Born: 1833   Died: 1887   Country: Russia   Period: Romantic
Though far from prolific as a composer -- by day he was a scientist noted for his research on aldehydes -- Alexander Borodin nevertheless earned a secure place in the history of Russian music. As a creative spirit, Borodin was the most accomplished of the Russian nationalists composers. He had a particular gift for the distinctive stripe of exoticism so evident in his most frequently performed work, the Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Read more Igor.

The illegitimate son of a Georgian prince and a doctor's wife, Borodin enjoyed a comfortable upbringing. As a child he learned to play several instruments and tried his hand at composing, but other aptitudes directed his formal education. He studied chemistry at St. Petersburg's Medico-Surgical Academy, obtaining his doctorate in 1858 and pursuing further studies in Europe until 1862. Upon his return to Russia, he became a professor at his alma mater; but even as an academic career apparently loomed before him, he maintained a devotion to music.

Under the influence of Mily Balakirev, whom he met in 1862, Borodin became interested in applying elements of Russian folk music to works for the concert hall and stage. He joined a circle of like-minded composers -- Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, and Cui -- famously dubbed "The Five" or "The Mighty Handful." The influence of Balakirev in particular is at once in evident in the Symphony No. 1 in E flat major (1867). Borodin began the much craggier Symphony No. 2 in B minor in 1869, the same year he commenced labor on his most important work, the opulent four-act opera Prince Igor. While it took Borodin more than five years to complete the symphony, work on Prince Igor dragged on for decades. Borodin, who had in the meantime completed a number of other works, left the opera unfinished at the time of his death. It was completed posthumously by Rimsky-Korsakov, a skillful craftsman and a particularly apt match for Borodin's colorful musical character, and Alexander Glazunov. Glazunov also completed the Symphony No. 3 in A minor, which the composer had been working on until the time of his death.

Aside from teaching chemistry and conducting research, Borodin helped found a series of medical courses for women in 1872. Such activities, as well as the poor health that plagued him in the 1880s, drained the energy that he might have devoted to composition. Still, as a part-time composer, Borodin jeft a significant oeuvre: more than a dozen worthy songs, miscellaneous piano pieces, two string quartets (the second of which contains a ravishing Nocturne often performed in an arrangement for string orchestra), and the popular tone poem In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880). He died while attending a ball in St. Petersburg on February 27, 1887. Read less
Historical - Borodin: String Quartets / Borodin Quartet
Release Date: 01/22/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9965   Number of Discs: 1
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Borodin: Symphonies No 1 & 3, Songs / Rozhdestvensky
Release Date: 07/26/1994   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9199   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: The Seasons;  Borodin / Luba Edlina
Release Date: 02/28/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9309   Number of Discs: 1
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Borodin: Symphony No 2, Etc / Rozhdestvensky, Stockholm Po
Release Date: 09/19/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9386   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Orchid Classics  
Catalog: 100029   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

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  • 26.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Night On The Bare Mountain; Rimsky-korsakov, Borodin, Glinka / Lombard
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 2564622652 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Mikhail Glinka
    Conductor:  Alain Lombard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Borodin / Rattle [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2056794 Release Date: 08/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Borodin: In The Steppes Of Central Asia; Polovtsian Dances  / Fricsay
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459011 Release Date: 07/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
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  • 29.
    50 Best Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57517 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  David Bell,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Henriette Puig-Roget  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Franz Welser-Möst,  André Cluytens  ... 
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  • 30.
    Invitation To The Dance - Waltzes From Swan Lake, Der Rosenkavalier & More
    Label: Dg Musikfest   Catalog: 415789 Release Date: 02/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Charles Gounod,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner,  Witold Rowicki,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 31.
    A Festival Of Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67063 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Holst,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Susan Bickley,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  André Previn,  Paavo Järvi,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; Borodin: Polovtsian Dances / Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4782122 Release Date: 01/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alexander Borodin,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Dutch Royal Military Band,  Kirov Theater Chorus
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  • 33.
    Senza Parole - Opera Without Words
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149532 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Egon Morbitzer
    Conductor:  Horst Forster,  Gerhard Wiesenhutter,  Rudolf Kempe,  Václav Neumann  ... 
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  • 34.
    Simon Rattle - Russian Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97597 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Felix Kok,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Karita Mattila  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
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  • 35.
    Complete Dorian Recordings 1989-2009 / Ames Piano Quartet
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90908 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Gabriel Fauré,  Richard Strauss,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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  • 36.
    Ultimate Russian Classics [5-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001313502 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Ernest Ansermet,  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures, Bare Mountain;  Borodin / Mackerras
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 91174 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
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  • 38.
    Song Of Joy - The Finest Choirs
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149432 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Alexander Borodin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Siegfried Kurz,  Rudolf Mauersberger,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
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  • 39.
    Masterpieces Of Russian Music
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 254 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Plamen Hidjov
    Conductor:  Vassil Kazandjiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Bernstein Favorites - Opera For Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46714 Release Date: 07/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Alexander Borodin,  Georges Bizet,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 41.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Borodin / Rattle
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2056798 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Ultimate Classical Spectacular - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001274702 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Loveday,  Christopher Warren-Green
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Charles Dutoit
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  • 43.
    Perfect Romance
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7480122 Release Date: 04/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonín Dvorák,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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  • 44.
    Les Ballets de Monte Carlo - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
    Label: Arion   Catalog: 904643 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  David Garforth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38054 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Norman Carrol
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Etc / Salonen, Bavarian Rso
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412552 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mily Balakirev,  Alexander Borodin,  Mikhail Glinka
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 47.
    Telarc Classical - Sacd Sampler Vol 6
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 60013 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Luigi Cherubini,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  David Rusell,  Christina Day Martinson,  Mariusz Kwiecien,  Norah Amsellem  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Martin Pearlman,  Robert Spano,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Boston Baroque,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Pierre Monteux Conducts Borodin, Rimsky-korsakov, Stravinsky
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2342 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - Bandstand In The Park Vol 2
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5147 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tony Lowry,  Karel Komzak II,  Alexander Borodin,  Eric Coates  ... 
    Conductor:  Capt. G. Nieuwland,  Julius Herrmann,  B. Walton O'Donnell,  A. E. Sims  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Netherlands Navy Band,  Deutschmeister Kapelle,  BBC Wireless Military Band  ... 
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  • 50.
    The World Of Borodin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444389 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Zlatina Ghiaurov,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon,  Ernest Ansermet,  Sir Georg Solti,  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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