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Four of the best Borodin recordings

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

Published: February 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Borodin String Quartets Nos 1 & 2

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Haydn Quartet, Budapest
Naxos 8.550850

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

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Borodin 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.

Borodin Prince Igor

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

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Borodin 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.

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Authors

Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.

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