Borodin - Symphonies No. 2 And No. 3 - Ansermet - L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande on Numbered 180g 45RPM 2LP from ORG
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes / Pressed at RTI
Ernest Ansermet conducts L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in performances of Russian Romantic composer Alexander Borodin's Symphony No. 2 in B minor and Symphony No. 3 in A minor recorded in October and November of 1954 at Victoria Hall, Geneva.
Borodin attempted three symphonies, the last of which he never finished. The Second Symphony was started in 1869 and completed seven years later, the period of its composition coinciding very largely with Borodin's intermittent attention to work on Prince Igor. The music is thoroughly Russian in mood and the composer himself suggested in conversation with Stasov that the first movement represented some gathering of Russian warriors, the slow movement a Bajan and the last a crowd in festive mood. The opening movement is dominated by its forceful and ominous first theme.
The Scherzo, slightly altered in its opening on the suggestion of Balakirev, who was always ready with advice, however inconsistent, shifts a semi-tone higher, as the repeated note C on the horns serves as the introduction of the new key of F major, much as the G flat chord that opens the Andante, with its moving horn solo, shifts the tonality to D flat, changing to C sharp minor at the start of the colourful B major finale. The symphony, in fact, is remarkable in its technical novelty, within the traditional symphonic framework, and constitutes an orchestral counterpart of Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances and all.
The Third Symphony, of which only two movements exist, makes use as a second movement of a scherzo in a characteristically uneven rhythm scored originally for string quartet, written in 1882, and orchestrated, as Borodin had intended. For the Trio Glazunov took music that the composer had written for the first act of Prince Igor but had later rejected. The first movement, reconstructed by Glazunov from the composer's sketches and from his phenomenal memory, had actually originally been intended as a string quartet, a fact that goes some way to explaining its relatively spare texture and gentle mood.
Alexander Borodin (composer)
Ernest Ansermet (conductor)
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Borodin - Symphonies No. 2 And No. 3 - Ansermet - L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Track Listing:
1. Symphony No. 2 in B minor - First Movement: Allegro
2. Symphony No. 2 in B minor - Second Movement: Scherzo (Prestissimo)
3. Symphony No. 2 in B minor - Third Movement: Andante
4. Symphony No. 2 in B minor - Fourth Movement: Finale (Allegro)
5. Symphony No. 3 in A minor - First Movement: Moderato Assai
6. Symphony No. 3 in A minor - Second Movement: Finale (Allegro)
7. Prince Igor Overture