Borodin: Symphonies No 1-3 / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

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If you're looking for a stellar disc containing all three Borodin symphonies in top-notch sound (the Third left incomplete, its two movements orchestrated by Glazunov), then look no further. Gerard Schwarz and his players seem to have developed a real affinity for Russian music, as their previous Rimsky-Korsakov disc suggests. The First Symphony sounds unusually cogent and masterly in their hands. Listen to the bite of the lower brass in the outer movements, and hear the plaintive songfulness of the woodwinds in the Andante. It's a true Russian sound.

The same idiomatic characteristics enhance the Second Symphony's gutsy opening string theme, while the finale simply explodes with color and energy. Borodin's Second is one of those works that everyone takes for granted, but its compact 25 minutes or so comprises one of the very best Russian symphonies of any period. It has enjoyed many fine performances, but this one is every bit as good as the best of them, and as already noted, the sonics are splendid. Don't hesitate for a minute.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: 8572786


  • UPC: 747313278671


  • Label: Naxos


  • Composer: Alexander Borodin


  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra



Works:


  1. Symphony no 3 in A minor

    Composer: Alexander Borodin

    Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Gerard Schwarz


  2. Symphony no 2 in B minor

    Composer: Alexander Borodin

    Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Gerard Schwarz


  3. Symphony no 1 in E flat major

    Composer: Alexander Borodin

    Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Gerard Schwarz