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Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin
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Borodin: Symphonies 1, 2 & 3, etc
(Toronto Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Camerata of the Hermitage Museum, et al; Andrew Davis, Saulius Sondeckis, et al. conducting )
These two admirably played budget discs conveniently gather the complete orchestral music of Borodin, and if you want any of it, you might as well have it all. The major works here are the Second Symphony, the Polovstian Dances from the opera Prince Igor, and the lovely tone poem In the Steppes of Central Asia. The "Notturno" is actually an arrangement of the famous slow movement from the Second String Quartet, while the Third Symphony, as with so much of Borodin's music, was destined to remain incomplete. Andrew Davis--not usually a conductor to set your pulse racing--conducts with genuine flair. (review by David Hurwitz)

Symphony no 2, Prince Igor (Excerpts)


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