Friday, November 16, 2012

Vienna Philharmonic: Borodin's Polovtsian Dances

The Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, performs Alexander Borodin's Polovtsian Dances at the Sommernachtskonzert 2012 at Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace Gardens. This well-known work is taken from the opera Prince Igor, which was unfinished at the time of Borodin's death, and was subsequently completed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov.

Borodin [1833-1887] was a Russian Romantic composer, doctor and chemist, excelling in all three areas. He advocated for women's rights and was a member of the group of composers called The Five, dedicated to producing a Russian kind of art music.