Alexander Borodin and an announcement
Though immensely talented as a composer, Alexander Borodin was a well-known chemist by trade, and saw composing as a fun little diversion. This is unfortunate, because Borodin's musical output is relatively small, leaving you wanting more. His most famous compositions are his second string quartet, the opera Prince Igor, and his second symphony.
Borodin was a member of the Mighty Handful of Russian nationalist composers, and this symphony is indeed very Russian, especially the first movement. He always had a flair for writing beautiful melodies- the first movement and nocturne from his second quartet come to mind- and one of the most beautiful appears in the third movement of this symphony, an altered folk tune with a gracefully shifting meter.
Alexander Borodin- Symphony No. 2
Rotterdam Phil., Valery Gergiev
There's a reason I posted the Borodin symphony. I will be playing this entire thing very soon, as part of the Northwestern High School Music Institute(I'm only 17). I'll be on the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Ill. for a good five weeks, starting Wednesday, so Masterfade will be on a rather long break. That is, unless anybody else decides to post again.
I will try and post once more before I leave, but if I don't, thanks for your support and interest in this little blog.