Aleksandr Porfir'evich Borodin
Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Порфи́рьевич Бороди́н, IPA: [ɐlʲɪkˈsandr pɐrˈfʲi rʲjɪvʲɪtɕ bərɐˈdʲin] (listen); 12 November 1833 – 27 February 1887) was a Russian chemist and Romantic musical composer of Georgian ancestry. He was one of the prominent 19th-century composers known as "The Mighty Handful", a group dedicated to producing a uniquely Russian kind of classical music, rather than imitating earlier Western European models. Borodin is known best for his symphonies, his two string quartets, the symphonic poem In the Steppes of Central Asia and his opera Prince Igor. Music from Prince Igor and his string quartets was later adapted for the US musical Kismet.
A doctor and chemist by profession, Borodin made important early contributions to organic chemistry. Although he is presently known better as a composer, during his lifetime, he regarded medicine and science as his primary occupations, only practising music and composition in his spare time or when he was ill. As a chemist, Borodin is known best for his work concerning organic synthesis, including being among the first chemists to demonstrate nucleophilic substitution, as well as being the co-discoverer of the aldol reaction. Borodin was a promoter of education in Russia and founded the School of Medicine for Women in Saint Petersburg, where he taught until 1885.
Birth and Death Data: Born November 12th, 1833 (Saint Petersburg), Died February 27th, 1887 (Saint Petersburg)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1937
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-20258||10-in.||7/27/1917||Coro di donne Tartare||Metropolitan Opera Chorus||Female vocal chorus, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-20259||10-in.||7/27/1917||Prince Igor : Coro e danza||Metropolitan Opera Chorus||Vocal chorus, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-24631||10-in.||10/18/1920||Polovetzki dances nos. 1 & 2||Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-25916||12-in.||12/21/1921||Nocturne||Flonzaley Quartet||String quartet||composer|
|Victor||C-26118||12-in.||2/13/1922||Polovetzki dances, no. 2||Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-27091||10-in.||3/16/1927||Song of Prince Galitsky||Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin||Bass vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27091||10-in.||11/22/1922||Recitative and air of Prince Galitsky||Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin||Bass vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-32550||12-in.||4/29/1925||Polovetzki dance||Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-43632||12-in.||4/13/1928||Hamlet's soliloquy||John Barrymore||Recitation, with string quartet and traps||composer|
|Victor||CVE-43726||12-in.||4/12/1928||Arioso of Yaroslavna||Nina Koshetz||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-98394||10-in.||12/23/1935||Scherzo||Sergei Rachmaninoff||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||CS-06614||12-in.||3/9/1937||Dance of the Polovetzki maidens||Victor Babin ; Vitya Vronsky||Piano duet||composer|
|Victor||CS-06615||12-in.||3/9/1937||Dance of the Polovetzki maidens||Victor Babin ; Vitya Vronsky||Piano duet||composer|
|Victor||CS-07559||12-in.||4/5/1937||Dances of the Polovetzki maidens||Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CS-07560||12-in.||4/5/1937||Dances of the Polovetzki maidens||Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CS-07561||12-in.||4/5/1937||Dances of the Polovetzki maidens||Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CS-07562||12-in.||4/5/1937||Dances of the Polovetzki maidens||Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||48674||12-in.||4/4/1916||Polovetsian dance and ensemble||Harling Mixed Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet||composer|
|Columbia||48739||12-in.||ca. 1916||Prince Igor : March of the opera||Symphony Orcherstra [Columbia Records]||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||98024||12-in.||4/14/1922||Prince Igor||Metropolitan Opera Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||98100||12-in.||11/7/1923||Quartet in D major : Nocturne||London String Quartet||String quartet||composer|
|Columbia||6561||12-in.||approximately 1915||Prince Igor||Beecham Symphony Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||6562||12-in.||approximately 1915||Prince Igor||Beecham Symphony Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||6601||12-in.||approximately 1915||Prince Igor||Beecham Symphony Orchestra ; Thomas Beecham||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||75217||12-in.||11/13/1922||Quartet in D major : Nocturne||Léner Quartet||String quartet||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Borodin, Aleksandr Porfir'evich," accessed October 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102921.
Borodin, Aleksandr Porfir'evich. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102921.
"Borodin, Aleksandr Porfir'evich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 October 2021.
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