Revisit: Borodin Symphony No. 1 in E flat major

performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Gennady Rozhdestvensky At this point, it’s incredible to believe the blog has been going for more than two years. I have been planning for some time to get around to revisiting some … Continue reading Revisit: Borodin Symphony No. 1 in E flat major

Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 1 in Eb

Performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Gennady Rozhdestvensky There’s no article for Wikipedia on this, but other sources reveal it was premiered in 1868 by Borodin’s mentor, Mily Balakirev. I had heard somewhere that Balakirev also helped Rimsky-Korsakov with (and conducted the premiere of) his first symphony. Balakirev encouraged RK to continue work on the first movement. He did so, but apparently made a disaster of the orchestration. Balakirev came to the rescue again, getting RK started by helping him orchestrate the first page. He did well after that. But later, RK said of Balakirev: “[I] was convinced … Continue reading Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 1 in Eb