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BORODIN, A.P.: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

Composer(s):Borodin, Alexander Porfir'yevich
Artist(s) Schwarz, Gerard, Conductor • Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572786
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Borodin’s symphonies exude lyricism and panache. The First took five years to complete but is a work of seamless melodic invention owing something to Mendelssohn, whose influence infuses it with delicious lightness. The Second Symphony is a more explicitly Russian work, pulsing with festive and march-like elements, high-spirited and boldly nationalistic. The Third was left incomplete, and was reconstructed and orchestrated by Glazunov with considerable facility and imagination. Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony have already demonstrated their prowess in music by another of the “Mighty Five”, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade (8.572693), acclaimed as “world



Review By Riccardo Cassani,Musica,December 2011


Review By Steven J Haller,American Record Guide,November 2011

this new Naxos gives you absolutely terrific performances of all three symphonies…Everything changed when I heard this fantastic job from the Seattle Symphony with great swaths of sound from Benaroya Hall…Schwarz displays a remarkable ear for color, and the Seattle players do themselves proud…this is incisive and intense music-making that fleshes out Borodin’s highly colored mosaic as few others I’ve been fortunate to hear, culminating in an immensely satisfying blare from the brass on reaching the climax of the final movement that rivals even Gergiev’s Rotterdam players. Here indeed is the Borodin E-flat as it should be played, and if by chance you have never heard this music, you will find this Naxos well worth the investment.


Review By BBC Music Magazine,September 2011

Borodin’s First Symphony has modernist touches and fluid melodies

Review By Craig Zeichner,,July 2011

Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra make strong cases for the attractive two and a half symphonies (the third is unfinished) of Alexander Borodin on this new recording.



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