FULL: Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No 2, complete in 1881. An outstanding full performance of Borodin’s first string quartet by the Musopen String Quartet.
It was written in Zhitovo, while staying with his friend, the minor composer Nikolai Lodyzhensky. 1881, the year of its composition, also saw the composition of the symphonic poem In the Steppes of Central Asia; the quartet premiered in that year or the next.
0:00 1st Movement – Allegro moderato 9:01 2nd Movement – Scherzo Allegro 14:38 3rd Movement – Nocturne Andante 23:46 4th Movement – Finale Andante – Vivace
Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Порфи́рьевич Бороди́н; 12 November 1833 – 27 February 1887) was a Russian Romantic composer, doctor and chemist. He was a member of the group of composers called The Five (or “The Mighty Handful”), who were dedicated to producing a specifically Russian kind of art music He is best known for his symphonies, his two string quartets, 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.
He was a notable advocate of women’s rights and a proponent of education in Russia and was a founder of the School of Medicine for Women in St. Petersburg. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexande…