|Aleksandr Borodin. Prince Igor. Opera. Vocal score. Text in Russian, French and German.|
|Elibron Classics, 2000, 394 pages|
|This masterpiece of Russian nationalist opera depicts the imprisonment of Prince Igor by the Polovetsian forces, as well as the concurrent politica wrangling in the prince's home state of Putivl. Borodin never lived to finish the opera; worse, portions he had composed were lost shortly after his death. The version performed today features a reconstruction and completion of the work by Aleksandr Glazunov (whose remarkable memory allowed him to write out several sections that Borodin had once played for him) and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The Elibron Classics edition of Prince Igor presents the complete Glazunov/Rimsky-Korsakov completion in vocal score, augmented by French and German translations of the composer's original Russian libretto.|
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|Aleksandr Porfiryevich Borodin (1833-1887), list of works|
|The illegitimate son of Prince Gedeanov of Georgia, Aleksandr Borodin trained as a medical doctor before encountering composer Mily Balakirev, who brought him into the so-called "Mighty Five" and encouraged him to write more music. Borodin, who remained in practice as a medical researcher throughout his life, composed only a few works - most of which are considered masterpieces of Russian nationalist music.|
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