In this video the Berliner Philharmoniker under japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa perform the Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor by russian composer Alexander Borodin (1833 – 1887).
It should be said the Alexander Borodin was not a full time composer, instead he had different occupations, among them he had a degree as a medical doctor and was a remarkable chemist, so he did composing in his spare time. He regarded himself as a ‘sunday composer’.
This video clip is an example for excellent camera work since the camera always focusses on the musician or orchestra section that is playing the prominent part of the piece at a given moment. I wish all concert music video presentations were prepared and carried out with such a dedication. Unfortunately there are so many examples of orchestras being televised where the camera focusses on the bass section while the motif or most prominent part is played by the trumpets, to give an example.
When Alexander Borodin suddenly died in the midst of a ball, the opera Prince Igor was left unconcluded and was later finished by two other russian composers: Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov. Alexander Borodin’s music has beautifull melodies and is clearly russian. Another important composition of Alexander Borodin is In the Steppes (Prairies) of Central Asia which also denotes a strong lyricism.
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