Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Rae
    Rae is offline
    a golden ball of light Rae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    Posts
    897

    Borodin & the Budapest Quartet

    Okay, so I know very little about classical recordings, but I thrifted an LP by a group called the Budapest Quartet and I think that it's excellent. I'm particularly stuck on one particular track, Borodin's Nocturne from Quartet No. 2 in D Major. It's just exquisitely pretty. I had planned to give this particular piece of vinyl to a friend as a gift, but I find myself listening to it over and over again. Can anyone tell me more about Borodin or about this particular ensemble? If I do end up giving this LP away, is there any particular recordings of this piece that you'd recommend I track down? Or should I try to find this one again? It's very good (to my inexperienced ears).

    ~Rae


  2. #2
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    Posts
    9,571
    Rae, I also really like Borodin. I don't know that much about him except he was only alive long enough to write, I think 2 Symphonys and he is mostly famous for writing ballets. You can get albums of Borodin's dances. He did write some beautiful stuff. I'm not aware of that Quartet but it's the composer who I feel is most important. Some orchestras may have a different interpretation but if you like the Borodin piece, I'd suggest looking for more Borodin and not so much for the Quartet.
    Mark Levinson #512
    Pass Labs XP-10 & X250
    Clearaudio Performance DC, Dynavector 10x5, AcousTech Ph-1p
    Clarus Crimson loom - AC outlet to speaker terminal
    Revel Performa F52 main/center & S30's
    SVS PC13 Ultra (sub)
    Marantz BD-7003 > AV-8003 > LINN 5125
    Transparent cables / Tributaries HDMI
    PS Audio Quintet

  3. #3
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    883
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody
    Rae, I also really like Borodin. I don't know that much about him except he was only alive long enough to write, I think 2 Symphonys and he is mostly famous for writing ballets. You can get albums of Borodin's dances. He did write some beautiful stuff. I'm not aware of that Quartet but it's the composer who I feel is most important. Some orchestras may have a different interpretation but if you like the Borodin piece, I'd suggest looking for more Borodin and not so much for the Quartet.
    Borodin wrote 3 Symphonies, the third one being unfinished. Symphony No. 2 is a great work and the recording to get is Jean Martinon with the London Symphony Orchestra. Borodin composed two quartets, and String Quartet No. 2 is the better known. There is a terrific 2 CD set on Decca I wish I had called The Essential Borodin listed in the Penguin Guide. I have quite a bit of this on other issues both LP and CD. I know it's available from Amazon.co.uk:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Essential-Bo...4121364&sr=1-4

    Lacking that, one might be able to find a used single CD, The World of Borodin, which I do have, which contains Jean Martinon's classic recording of Symphony No. 2 and the Nocturne from the String Quartet No. 2 done by the Borodin Qt., the Polovstsian Dances from Prince Igor, and other material.

    I don't have String Quartet No. 1, but I do have a fine recording of String Quartet No. 2 on LP with the Gabrieli Qt. The Penguin Guide likes the Borodin Qt.'s recording of the two String Quartets on Chandos.

    The musical Kismet uses a lot of Borodin's music.("Stranger in Paradise")

    Borodin was a world-class chemist, too. Here's a link to the Wikipedia article:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Borodin
    "Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony."
    ------Heraclitus of Ephesis (fl. 504-500 BC), trans. Wheelwright.

  4. #4
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    Posts
    9,571
    Chandos is a quality label. Thanks for the link.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Latest AudioReview Articles

Hot Deals

Latest News

AudioReview on Facebook