Alexander Borodin
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1833-11-12
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Biography

Born the illegitimate son of a Georgian prince and his mistress, and registered as a serf on his father’s country estate, Alexander Borodin nevertheless enjoyed a cultured education in which the natural sciences vied for attention with musical accomplishments – ...

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Born the illegitimate son of a Georgian prince and his mistress, and registered as a serf on his father’s country estate, Alexander Borodin nevertheless enjoyed a cultured education in which the natural sciences vied for attention with musical accomplishments – a pattern that was to continue for the rest of his life. A solid medical training came first. In 1850 he began his training as a physician at St Petersburg’s Medical Surgical Academy, graduating with distinction six years later and returning to the Academy as a professor of chemistry from 1864.

By then music had established an equally important role in his life. Having played chamber music with fellow amateurs and written several works for small ensemble, he was introduced to the inspirational Mily Balakirev in October 1862 and became the last composer to join the Balakirev circle (later known as ‘The Five’ or ‘The Mighty Handful’). Borodin already knew Modest Musorgsky and was warmly welcomed by its two other members, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and César Cui.

Perhaps the most robustly gifted of the circle, Borodin took up Balakirev’s challenge and in 1867 completed his E flat major Symphony, the first major specimen of a short-lived Russian nationalism that also embraced the rhythmic energy of Beethoven, the delicacy of Schumann and, in its chattery scherzo, the fantasy of Berlioz.

Following the symphony’s successful 1869 premiere, Borodin found an ideal subject for a Russian grand opera in the supposed 12th-century epic The Lay of Igor’s Host; preliminary work on Prince Igor was abandoned after several numbers had been sketched in 1870. A Second Symphony incorporated some of the opera’s initial ideas and reflected its heroic stance through huge brass fanfares and sinuous melodies. The story of Prince Igor, resumed in 1874, runs like a thread through the rest of Borodin’s life. Isolated numbers were performed at various concerts organised by the Free School of Music, including the exotic and rhythmically vital evocation of an eastern culture in the ‘Polovtsian Dances’ – completed in 1879 with assistance from his fellow composers, including Rimsky-Korsakov.

By the beginning of the 1880s, having already made several honourable contributions to chemistry, Borodin was finding it increasingly difficult to balance his musical and medical responsibilities – a situation compounded by his wife’s ill health and a household constantly full of preying relatives and countless cats. He did nevertheless manage to produce one of the most carefree and melodically inspired string quartets in the repertory, his Second (1881), to celebrate 20 years of happy marriage to the pianist Yekaterina Protopopova.

Quite unexpectedly, minutes after dancing a waltz at a candlelight ball organised by the Medical-Surgical Academy in February 1887, he collapsed and died of heart failure. His musical legacy, with the performing version of Prince Igor (completed shortly after his death by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov) as its centrepiece, remains small in output but big in vital inspiration.

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Lindsay String Quartet & Александр Порфирьевич Бородин
Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings: 2nd movement; Scherzo (Allegro)
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Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings: 2nd movement; Scherzo (Allegro) Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings: 2nd movement; Scherzo (Allegro) Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings: 2nd movement; Scherzo (Allegro) Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings: 2nd movement; Scherzo (Allegro)
Alexander Borodin, Uri Mayer & Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
In the steppes of central Asia (V sredney Azii) - symphonic poem
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In the steppes of central Asia (V sredney Azii) - symphonic poem In the steppes of central Asia (V sredney Azii) - symphonic poem In the steppes of central Asia (V sredney Azii) - symphonic poem In the steppes of central Asia (V sredney Azii) - symphonic poem
Alexander Borodin, Oliver von Dohnányi & Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava
Overture 'Prince Igor'
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Overture 'Prince Igor' Overture 'Prince Igor' Overture 'Prince Igor' Overture 'Prince Igor'
Margaret Fingerhut & Alexander Borodin
Scherzo for piano in A flat major
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Scherzo for piano in A flat major Scherzo for piano in A flat major Scherzo for piano in A flat major Scherzo for piano in A flat major
Alexander Borodin, Arthur Harris, Arthur Harris, Frank Brieff & Isaac Stern, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Nocturne for violin and orchestra, No.2, 3rd mvt.
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Nocturne for violin and orchestra, No.2, 3rd mvt. Nocturne for violin and orchestra, No.2, 3rd mvt. Nocturne for violin and orchestra, No.2, 3rd mvt. Nocturne for violin and orchestra, No.2, 3rd mvt.
Raphael Wallfisch, Louise Williams, Alexander Borodin & The Lindsays
String Sextet
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String Sextet String Sextet String Sextet String Sextet
Alexander Borodin, Geoffrey Simon & Philharmonia Orchestra and Stephani Chase (violin)
In The Steppes Of Central Asia
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In The Steppes Of Central Asia In The Steppes Of Central Asia In The Steppes Of Central Asia In The Steppes Of Central Asia
Александр Порфирьевич Бородин & Borodin Quartet
Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 2nd movement; Scherzo (Allegro)
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Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 2nd movement; Scherzo (Allegro) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 2nd movement; Scherzo (Allegro) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 2nd movement; Scherzo (Allegro) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 2nd movement; Scherzo (Allegro)
Andrey Baranov, Geza Hosszu-Legocky, Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, Jing Zhao, Alexander Mogilevsky & Alexander Borodin
Quintet In C Minor For Piano And Strings (II. Scherzo)
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Quintet In C Minor For Piano And Strings (II. Scherzo) Quintet In C Minor For Piano And Strings (II. Scherzo) Quintet In C Minor For Piano And Strings (II. Scherzo) Quintet In C Minor For Piano And Strings (II. Scherzo)
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava, Александр Порфирьевич Бородин, [unknown] & Oliver von Dohnányi
Notturno (Andante) - from String Quartet No.2 in D
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Notturno (Andante) - from String Quartet No.2 in D Notturno (Andante) - from String Quartet No.2 in D Notturno (Andante) - from String Quartet No.2 in D Notturno (Andante) - from String Quartet No.2 in D

Notturno (Andante) - from String Quartet No.2 in D

Orchestra
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava
Alexander Borodin, Berliner Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle
Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib]
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Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib] Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib] Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib] Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib]
Alexander Borodin & WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra
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Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra
Alexander Borodin & Brodsky Quartet
String Quartet no. 2 ‘Notturno’
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String Quartet no. 2 ‘Notturno’ String Quartet no. 2 ‘Notturno’ String Quartet no. 2 ‘Notturno’ String Quartet no. 2 ‘Notturno’
Alexander Borodin, Mark Ermler, The Choir of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre & The Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre
Prince Igor: Act III 'Polovtsian March'
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Prince Igor: Act III 'Polovtsian March' Prince Igor: Act III 'Polovtsian March' Prince Igor: Act III 'Polovtsian March' Prince Igor: Act III 'Polovtsian March'

Prince Igor: Act III 'Polovtsian March'

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The Choir of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre
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The Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre
Alexander Borodin & Takács Quartet
Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings: 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante)
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Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings: 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings: 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings: 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings: 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante)
Alexander Borodin, Göteborgs Symfoniker & Neeme Järvi
In the steppes of central Asia [V sredney Azii] for orchestra
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In the steppes of central Asia [V sredney Azii] for orchestra In the steppes of central Asia [V sredney Azii] for orchestra In the steppes of central Asia [V sredney Azii] for orchestra In the steppes of central Asia [V sredney Azii] for orchestra
Alexander Borodin, Barry Wordsworth, BBC Concert Orchestra & Huddersfield Choral Society
Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib]
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Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib] Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib] Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib] Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib]
Alexander Borodin & St. Petersburg String Quartet
Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante)
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Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante)
Alexander Borodin, Stephanie Chase, Geoffrey Simon & Philharmonia Orchestra
Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante)
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Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd movement; Nocturne (Andante)
Howard Keel, Ann Blyth & Vic Damone
And This is My Beloved
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And This is My Beloved And This is My Beloved And This is My Beloved And This is My Beloved
Alexander Borodin, BBC Philharmonic & Gianandrea Noseda
Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra
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Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra
Alexander Borodin, The BBC Symphony Chorus, Geoffrey Simon & Philharmonia Orchestra
Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib]
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Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib] Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib] Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib] Polovtsian dances [from 'Prince Igor'] for orchestra [& chorus ad lib]
Alexander Borodin, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra & Bramwell Tovey
Symphony no. 3 in A minor (unfinished) ed. Glazunov
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Symphony no. 3 in A minor (unfinished) ed. Glazunov Symphony no. 3 in A minor (unfinished) ed. Glazunov Symphony no. 3 in A minor (unfinished) ed. Glazunov Symphony no. 3 in A minor (unfinished) ed. Glazunov
Alexander Borodin & Borodin Quartet
Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd mvt; Nocturne (Andante)
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Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd mvt; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd mvt; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd mvt; Nocturne (Andante) Quartet for strings no. 2 in D major, 3rd mvt; Nocturne (Andante)
Alexander Borodin, Mikhail Pletnev & Russian National Orchestra
Symphony No.2 in B minor
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Symphony No.2 in B minor Symphony No.2 in B minor Symphony No.2 in B minor Symphony No.2 in B minor
Boston Pops Orchestra, Александр Порфирьевич Бородин & Arthur Fiedler
Prince Igor: Overture
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Prince Igor: Overture Prince Igor: Overture Prince Igor: Overture Prince Igor: Overture
Alexander Borodin, Beecham Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Thomas Beecham
Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)
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Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor) Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor) Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor) Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)
Alexander Borodin & Borodin Quartet
String Quartet No.2 in D major
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String Quartet No.2 in D major String Quartet No.2 in D major String Quartet No.2 in D major String Quartet No.2 in D major
Alexander Borodin & Navarra String Quartet
Quartet for strings no. 2 (Op.22) in F major, 1st mvt; Adagio - moderato
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Quartet for strings no. 2 (Op.22) in F major, 1st mvt; Adagio - moderato Quartet for strings no. 2 (Op.22) in F major, 1st mvt; Adagio - moderato Quartet for strings no. 2 (Op.22) in F major, 1st mvt; Adagio - moderato Quartet for strings no. 2 (Op.22) in F major, 1st mvt; Adagio - moderato

Quartet for strings no. 2 (Op.22) in F major, 1st mvt; Adagio - moderato

Ensemble
Navarra String Quartet
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Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy & Alexander Borodin
Scherzo
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Scherzo Scherzo Scherzo Scherzo
Александр Порфирьевич Бородин, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Constantin Silvestri
In the Steppes of Central Asia
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In the Steppes of Central Asia In the Steppes of Central Asia In the Steppes of Central Asia In the Steppes of Central Asia
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Alexander Borodin & Kurt Sanderling
In the Steppes of Central Asia
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In the Steppes of Central Asia In the Steppes of Central Asia In the Steppes of Central Asia In the Steppes of Central Asia
Alexander Borodin & Pražák Quartet
String Quartet No.2 in D major, 3rd mvt, Notturno
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String Quartet No.2 in D major, 3rd mvt, Notturno String Quartet No.2 in D major, 3rd mvt, Notturno String Quartet No.2 in D major, 3rd mvt, Notturno String Quartet No.2 in D major, 3rd mvt, Notturno
Alexander Borodin, Hubert, Eduardo & Zhibek Kozhakhmetova
Polovtsian Dances
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Polovtsian Dances Polovtsian Dances Polovtsian Dances Polovtsian Dances
Alexander Borodin & London Accordion Orchestra
Polovtsian Dance
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Polovtsian Dance Polovtsian Dance Polovtsian Dance Polovtsian Dance
Alexander Borodin, Romanian National Radio Orchestra & Horváth József
Overture to Prince Igor
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Overture to Prince Igor Overture to Prince Igor Overture to Prince Igor Overture to Prince Igor
Beecham Choral Society, Alexander Borodin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Thomas Beecham
Polovtsian Dances
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Polovtsian Dances Polovtsian Dances Polovtsian Dances Polovtsian Dances
The Nash Ensemble & Alexander Borodin
String Sextet in D minor
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String Sextet in D minor String Sextet in D minor String Sextet in D minor String Sextet in D minor
Valery Gergiev, Alexander Borodin & Kirov Orchestra
In the steppes of central Asia [V sredney Azii] for orchestra
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In the steppes of central Asia [V sredney Azii] for orchestra In the steppes of central Asia [V sredney Azii] for orchestra In the steppes of central Asia [V sredney Azii] for orchestra In the steppes of central Asia [V sredney Azii] for orchestra

In the steppes of central Asia [V sredney Azii] for orchestra

Orchestra
Kirov Orchestra
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Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Isaac Stern, Alexander Borodin & Frank Brieff
Nocturne
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Nocturne Nocturne Nocturne Nocturne
Alexander Borodin, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation & Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov
In The Steppes Of Central Asia
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In The Steppes Of Central Asia In The Steppes Of Central Asia In The Steppes Of Central Asia In The Steppes Of Central Asia
Александр Порфирьевич Бородин, Beecham Choral Society, Denis Vaughan, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Thomas Beecham
Polovstian Dances (feat. Sir Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Denis Vaughan & Beecham Choral Society)
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Polovstian Dances (feat. Sir Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Denis Vaughan & Beecham Choral Society) Polovstian Dances (feat. Sir Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Denis Vaughan & Beecham Choral Society) Polovstian Dances (feat. Sir Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Denis Vaughan & Beecham Choral Society) Polovstian Dances (feat. Sir Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Denis Vaughan & Beecham Choral Society)
Alexander Borodin, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey & Sir Malcolm Sargent
Notturno (Andante) - 3rd movement from Quartet for strings no.2 in D major
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Notturno (Andante) - 3rd movement from Quartet for strings no.2 in D major Notturno (Andante) - 3rd movement from Quartet for strings no.2 in D major Notturno (Andante) - 3rd movement from Quartet for strings no.2 in D major Notturno (Andante) - 3rd movement from Quartet for strings no.2 in D major
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