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
Karajan 1949-1960: Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Balakirev, Stravinsky
Release Date: 05/13/2014   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 633620   Number of Discs: 7
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Borodin: Symphonies No 1 & 2, Etc / Hirokami, Malmö So
Release Date: 07/18/1995   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 726   Number of Discs: 1
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Borodin: Complete Chamber Music
Release Date: 02/09/2010   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93973   Number of Discs: 3
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Rachmaninov, Borodin, Shostakovich: Cello Sonatas / Chaushian, Sudbin
Release Date: 03/29/2011   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1858   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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  • 76.
    Best Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70853 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Alexander Borodin,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  Henriette Puig-Roget,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Heather Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Musicum,  South German Madrigal Choir Stuttgart,  Polish Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 77.
    The Bolshoi Experience - Highlights From Russian Operas
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186089 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Dargomizhsky,  Mikhail Glinka,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Yelena Zelenskaya,  Mikhail Gubsky,  Vladimir Matorin,  Taras Shtonda  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Vedernikov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
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  • 78.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95805 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
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  • 79.
    Pops Caviar / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 71618 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Aram Khachaturian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 80.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc; Borodin / Durjan, Kegel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3235 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  Ogan Durjan,  Herbert Kegel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Karajan Collection - Philharmonia Promenade Concert
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76900 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Hector Berlioz,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Rimski-korsakov: Scheherazade, Borodin / Immerseel, Anima Eterna Orchestra
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 50502 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Midori Seiler
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Time Life Presents - Classical Passion
    Label: Time/Life Music   Catalog: 201842 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
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  • 84.
    Mussorgsky, Borodin / Mackerras, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 62483 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky / Kirov Ballet
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2918 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Mikhail Agrest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Original Masters - Leopold Stokowski Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000394902 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Erich Gruenberg,  Alexander Young,  Donald McIntyre,  Heather Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 87.
    Ballets Russes / Järvi, Mariinsky Choir, Radio France Po
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45609 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Chorus,  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 88.
    The Splendours Of Russian Opera
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458216 Release Date: 10/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Alexei Maslennikov,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Regina Resnik,  Bernd Weikl  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Herbert von Karajan,  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 89.
    Expanded Edition - Mussorgsky, Rimsky-korsakov / Szell, Etc
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93019 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Anatole Liadov,  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Plaintive Melody / Thomas Stacy, Kenneth Hamrick
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3318 Release Date: 08/05/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alexander Borodin,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Kenneth Hamrick,  Thomas Stacy
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  • 91.
    Russian Orchestral Showpieces / André Cluytens, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74763 Release Date: 01/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Karajan Festival
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429436 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Russia's Greatest Composers
    Label: Inside Sounds   Catalog: 2898 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Various Artists
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  • 94.
    Caravan - The Ultimate Silk-road Album
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 472398 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Alexander Borodin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Neeme Järvi,  Bernhard Klee,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    Smetana: The Moldau; Dvorák, Brahms, Borodin, Liszt / Barenboim, Et Al
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 415851 Release Date: 12/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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,  Ličge Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 100.
    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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