Ernest Ansermet ‎- Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 , Prince Igor Overture (180g LP)


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Label: Speakers Corner reissue ( Decca SXL 6126)
Ernest Ansermet conducts the L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande performing Alexander Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 in B Minor, Symphony No. 3 in A Minor and Prince Igor Overture.
Anyone believing in the old adage that science and the fine arts do not mix must rethink his ideas when he becomes acquainted with Alexander Borodin’s biography and his music. The Russian professor of chemistry constantly stole time from his lectures in order to compose; it was musical elements and formulas rather than chemical ones that occupied him. Without a doubt, the Second Symphony in B Minor best reflects Russian feeling and temperament. It’s rather harsh and mechanical theme is contrasted first by a lively little song and later by a conciliatory second subject. Cheerful and soothing melodies are heard in ever new combinations until the main theme returns once again and the movement is brought to a powerful close.
The Scherzo, with its throbbing horns, march rhythms and thrilling woodwinds, is equally electrifying. The contemplative Andante is followed by a highly explosive Finale based on two Russian dance melodies which are widely varied during the course of the music. Both old and new friends of Russian symphonic music are highly recommended to experiment in their own sitting-room laboratories with this musically and chemically pure vinyl pressing. (This LP was originaly only released as a London, so the reissue was released just like the original.)


Alexander Borodin

Composed By

Ernest Ansermet


L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande


Symphony No. 2 In B Minor
A1First Movement: Allegro
A2Second Movement: Scherzo (Prestissimo)
A3aThird Movement: Andante
A3bFourth Movement: Finale (Allegro)
Symphony No. 3 In A Minor (Unfinished)
B1First Movement: Moderato Assai
B2Second Movement: Finale (Allegro)
B3Prince Igor Overture

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