Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
Alexander Borodin was a Russian composer, doctor, and chemist. Borodin was part of a group of composers called “The Five” who were interested in creating a nationalist school.
Borodin didn’t compose many works, but among his few works he is known for his Opera Prince Igor, the orchestra piece “On The Steppes of Central Asia,” and his two String Quartets. Borodin’s string quartets are full of beautiful lyrical melodies. His second quartet is famous because of its beautiful Nocturne.
Here is a recording of Borodin’s String Quartet no.2 performed by the Borodin Quartet. Enjoy.