Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
London CS 6126
Format: 1LP 180g 33rpm / standard sleeve
Manufacturer: Speakers Corner
Original label: London
Release Date: 1996-03-12
Status: in stock
Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3, Overture from “Prince Igor” - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Ernest Ansermet
Anyone believing in the old adage that science and the fine arts do not mix must rethink his ideas when he becomes acquainted with Alexandr Borodin’s biography and his music. The Russian professor of chemistry constantly stole time from his lectures in order to compose; it was musical elements and formulas rather than chemical ones that occupied him.
Without a doubt, the Second Symphony in B minor best reflects Russian feeling and temperament. Its rather harsh and mechanical theme is contrasted first by a lively little song and later by a conciliatory second subject. Cheerful and soothing melodies are heard in ever new combinations until the main theme returns once again and the movement is brought to a powerful close. The Scherzo, with its throbbing horns, march rhythms and thrilling woodwinds, is equally electrifying. The contemplative Andante is followed by a highly explosive Finale based on two Russian dance melodies which are widely varied during the course of the music.
Both old and new friends of Russian symphonic music are highly recommended to experiment in their own “sitting-room laboratories” with this musically and chemically pure vinyl pressing.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
Recording: October / November 1954 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace / Production: James Walker