0
FREE SHIPPING On Orders Over $49*
Search
Music > Vinyl > Borodin - Symphonies No. 2 And No. 3 - Ansermet (Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM Vinyl 2LP)
Click to Enlarge

Borodin Symphonies No. 2 And No. 3 - Ansermet

(Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM Vinyl 2LP)

$54.99
23Reward Points
Add to Cart
Availability: In Stock (2)
Item: LORG0153
Description

Borodin - Symphonies No. 2 And No. 3 - Ansermet - L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP from ORG 

Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes / Pressed at RTI

Numbered Limited Edition of 2500 Copies

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.

Musicians:
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
Read More Less
Related Videos
Music Direct - How We Pack Your Records
Music Direct - How We Pack Your Records
Music Direct - How to Clean Your Records
Music Direct - How to Clean Your Records
Read More Less
Related Articles
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

Reviews (0)

You must logged in to ask a question, vote on a question, or answer a question. Click here to login.

Stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in high-end audio

Catalog

Check out the newest Music Direct catalogs

Learn More
Copyright © MusicDirect.com 2016. All Rights Reserved.