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

Work: Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

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  • 76.
    Eloquence - Invitation To The Dance - Ballet Music / Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469683 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Alexander Borodin,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Vodka & Caviar - The Ultimate Russian Spectacular
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3288 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Aram Khachaturian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Dmitry Khakamov
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
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  • 78.
    Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Et Al / Hollreiser
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8022 Release Date: 07/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Borodin: Symphony No 2, Etc / Kubelik, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74276 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  André Cluytens,  Paul Strauss,  Constantin Silvestri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Liège Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 80.
    A Night At The Ballet
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 215005 Release Date: 01/16/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mikhail Glinka,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 81.
    The Russian Piano Quartet - Taneyev, Juon, Borodin
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 93215 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Juon,  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Taneyev
    Performer:  Mahlon Darlington,  George Work,  William David,  Jonathan Sturm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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  • 82.
    The Monet Collection - Romantic Moments
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315020 Release Date: 11/20/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Mikhail Glinka,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Nikolai Portnov,  Irina Snegova,  Andrey Ryazanov,  Juriy Ivchenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze,  Leonid Malyshev,  Viacheslav Suvorov,  Sergei Evgenin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Festival Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra "Muse"  ... 
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  • 83.
    Merit - Stokowski Conducts Music From Russia Vol 3
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4847 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Anatole Liadov,  Alexander Scriabin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Borodin, Mussorgsky, Et Al / Heinrich Hollreiser, Vienna So
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1009 Release Date: 04/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Virtuoso / Rolf Smedvig
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80550 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Manuel de Falla,  Rafael Mendez  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Ruske,  Rolf Smedvig,  Richard Jensen,  Sam Pilafian  ... 
    Conductor:  Jahja Ling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Fawkes, Richard: The History Of Classical Music / Robert Powell
    Label: Naxos Audio Books   Catalog: 4140 Release Date: 08/31/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Alfonso X (El Sabio),  Guillaume de Machaut  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Weir,  Kasia Elsner,  Richard Fawkes,  Jennifer Purvis  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Hanspeter Gmür,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana,  In Dulci Jubilo Children's Choir,  Oxford Camerata  ... 
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  • 87.
    Romantic Russia / Georg Solti, London So, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 460977 Release Date: 07/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mikhail Glinka
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 88.
    Borodin: Symphonies 1, 2 & 3, Etc / Davis, Toronto So
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 62406 Release Date: 04/16/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Leonard Bernstein,  Saulius Sondeckis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  St. Petersburg Camerata of the Hermitage Museum
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  • 89.
    Nikolai Malko - Borodin, Rimsky-korsakov, Liadov, Glazunov
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1062 Release Date: 03/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Anatole Liadov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Nicolai Malko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Borodin: Symphony 2, Polovtsian Dances;  Mussorgsky
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69021 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Constantin Silvestri,  André Cluytens,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Borodin: Symphony No 2, Etc / Rozhdestvensky, Stockholm Po
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9386 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Art Of Classics - Beliebte Orchesterwerke
    Label: Intercord Klassische Diskothek   Catalog: 25920 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Conductor:  Siegfried Köhler,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Günther Wich,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 93.
    Can-can And Other Dances From The Opera
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550924 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Manuel de Falla,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Adrian Leaper,  Barry Wordsworth,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 94.
    Classics - The Power & The Majesty / Shaw, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80397 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Hector Berlioz,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dent
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Morehouse-Spellman Chorus  ... 
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  • 95.
    An Evening Of Opera / Rene Leibowitz
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 61 Release Date: 06/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jacques Offenbach,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Conductor:  René Leibowitz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 96.
    Orchestral Spectacular
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550501 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; Borodin, Glinka, Khachaturian / Gergiev, Kirov
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442011 Release Date: 01/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anatole Liadov,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Chorus,  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Dutch Royal Military Band
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  • 98.
    Borodin: Three Symphonies, Petite Suite, Polovetsian Dances
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435757 Release Date: 07/01/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin
    Performer:  Torgny Sporsen
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus
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  • 99.
    Dorati Conducts Rimsky-Korsakov & Borodin / London Symphony
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434308 Release Date: 03/10/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Borodin: Symphony No 2, Polovtsian Dances / Tjeknavorian
    Label: Rca Silver Seal   Catalog: 60535 Release Date: 04/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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Alexander Borodin


WORKS
Borodin: String Quartet No.2 in D - 1. Allegro
Borodin: String Quartet No.2 in D - 2. Scherzo
Borodin: String Quartet No.2 in D - 3. Notturno
Borodin: String Quartet No.2 in D - 4. Finale
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Prestissimo - Allegretto
III. Andante -
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Adagio - Allegro - Andantino
II. Scherzo
III. Andante
IV. Allegro molto vivo