Borodin: Symphony No. 2; Polovtsian Dances; In the Steppes of Central Asia; Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2

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COMPOSERS: Borodin
LABELS: Decca
WORKS: Symphony No. 2; Polovtsian Dances; In the Steppes of Central Asia; Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2
PERFORMER: LSO & Chorus/Georg Solti; Borodin Quartet; Suisse Romande Orchestra/Ernest Ansermet
CATALOGUE NO: 444 389-2 ADD/DDD(1961-83)
Few lovers of characterful, exotic Romanticism can resist Borodin. This Russian scientist- composer is a particularly good choice for Decca’s ‘The World of…’ series, since his music does inhabit a world all its own. His music springs from the 19th-century nationalist movement ‘The Five’, whose members centred their works on characteristically Russian ideas and musical elements. This compilation includes a selection of Borodin’s lesser-known compositions as well as the ubiquitous ones; there are pleasing performances from the LSO and Chorus under Solti in the Polovtsian Dances, the Borodin Quartet in the Nocturne and the Suisse Romande Orchestra under Ansermet in In the Steppes of Central Asia. Jessica Duchen

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