Evening Masterwork: Borodin’s 2nd Symphony

Alexander Borodin (1833–1887)

Symphony No. 2 in b by Alexander Borodin

Evening Masterwork for September 30, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

It took Alexander Borodin nearly 8 years to complete his Second Symphony, and even after its premiere in 1877, the composer had to revise it because of its unpopularity. Nowadays, though, Bordin’s Symphony No. 2 may, in fact, be among the most popular of symphony written by his fellow Russian contemporaries. The Symphony features programmatic elements throughout, including a gathering of Russian knights in the first movement; Russian folk songs like “The Terrible Tsar” and “The Nightingale;” and a movement that portrays a legendary minstrel, just to name a few moments.