Rimsky-Korsakov was a master orchestrator, lending his orchestrating talents to completing works by, among others, his friends and colleagues Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky and Alexander Borodin
. The orchestration of Scheherazade gives individual members of the orchestra a chance to shine and shine they did.
The final piece, which also featured the pipe organ, choir and symphony, was Alexander Borodin
's Polovetsian Dances, from the opera Prince Igor.
"I was at a rehearsal for this piece in London and 'fast and furious' barely does justice to the no-holds-barred gusto with which Jonathan and the Brodsky Quartet attacked the dance sections!" Ian adds: "As well as my new piece, the Brodsky Quartet performs the beautiful String Quartet No 2 (the one with the tune from Kismet) and Scherzo by Alexander Borodin
and the unforgettable Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber in its original version for string quartet, and they are joined by Jonathan in the delightful Oboe Quartet by Mozart."
Lo and behold, a scholarly edition of Alexander Borodin
's Prince Igor!
's "Polka Helene" (1843) is the four-hand 3iano duet in this collection.
The musical journey began with Edward Legar's Salut d'Amour, and included waltzes, ballads, arias and tangos from famous composers such as Camille Saint-SaE1/2ns, Fritz Kriesler, Franz Schubert, Pablo de Sarasate, Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss, Alexander Borodin
, Johannes Brahms, and Eungel Villoldo.
The musicians will also play Alexander Borodin
's In The Steppes of Central Asia as well as items from the composer's Little Suite.
Kismet in Concert, book: Luther Davis, Charles Lederer; lyrics: George Forrest, Robert Wright; music: Alexander Borodin
; dir: Len Pfluger.
The well-worn "Waltz of the Flowers" from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" was given a spirited run through by the Philharmonic Orchestra, as were the "Polovtsian Dances" from Alexander Borodin
's opera "Prince Igor."
Bartok, Hector Berlioz, Leonard Bernstein, Georges Bizet, Arthur Bliss, Alexander Borodin
, Pierre Boulez, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten and William Byrd.
The proposed team was drawn from the so-called "Mighty Handful" group of nationalist composers - Modest Mussorgsky, CAsar Cui, Alexander Borodin
and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
1 by Tchaikovsky; "Stranger in Paradise" is from "Kismet," a Broadway show and movie with a score adapted from the music of Alexander Borodin
They later transformed the exotic themes of Russian composer Alexander Borodin
into songs such as "Stranger in Paradise" and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" for "Kismet" (1953), which won a Tony Award for best musical.