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Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)

Information about the composer Alexander Borodin and his operas.

A Russian composer who made his living as a research chemist. He is most famous for his symphonies and the opera Prince Igor.

Operas (complete):

Prince Igor

Completed after Borodin's death by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov, it's an uneven work redeemed by exciting music and choruses.


The opera tells how in twelfth-century Russia a prince leaves his home city to fight a tribe who capture him.

Recommended recordings on CD

Gergiev/Kit/Gorchakova (Philips 442 537-2)

442 537-2

The finest recording of the work, and the only one that does it full justice.

Kirov Theater Chorus, Kirov Theater Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, 1993.

Cast: Mikhail Kit (Igor), Galina Gorchakova (Yaroslavna), Gegam Grigorian (Vladimir), Vladimir Ognovenko (Prince Galitzky).

Philips 442 537-2