Four of the best Borodin recordings

We recommend some of the finest example of Borodin’s music on disc


String Quartets Nos 1 & 2


Haydn Quartet, Budapest
Naxos 8.550850

One of Borodin’s most neglected masterpieces, the First String Quartet, here coupled with his Second.

Symphonies Nos 1-3

Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Naxos 8.572786

This new recording of the symphonies, including the incomplete Third, does full justice to these engaging and hauntingly inspired works.

Prince Igor

Ivan Petrov, Tatyana Tugarinova etc; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra/Mark Ermler
Melodiya MELCD 1000413

The nearest to a complete version of Borodin’s opera on CD, this captures the Bolshoi Opera in peak form.

Complete Piano Music

Marco Rapetti (piano)
Brilliant 93894

A fascinating collection, which ranges from Borodin’s earliest piece of juvenilia, a Polka composed aged nine, to one of his last completed works, the Petite Suite.