Alexander Borodin

Scherzo for piano in A flat major

    Description by James Leonard

    Borodin's Scherzo in A flat major was the second of two works he wrote for the piano (the other was the Petite Suite). Composed in 1885 during Borodin's visit to Belgium to attend a performance of his not-yet-complete opera Prince Igor, the Scherzo is instantly recognizable as Borodin. The vivacious tone, the pounding rhythms, the sensual melodies, and the sparkling sonorities all mark it as a work by the composer of the Polovtsian Dances. Although at less than three minutes' playing time, Borodin's Scherzo is clearly a miniature and is both an impressive précis of its composer and an effective piece in its own right.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2012 Mirare MIR 169
    2011 Chandos CHAN10676
    2009 Brilliant Classics 93894
    2008 Decca 4443892
    2006 Cypres 1642
    2006 RCA 67892
    2001 Aura Classics 0193
    2000 Olympia (Classical/Jazz) 649
    1999 Philips 462232
    1999 Centaur Records 2398
    1999 Philips 456715
    1994 Opal OPALCD9857
    1994 Decca
    1992 Chandos 8439
    1992 RCA 61265
    Largo 5110
    Dante 9652
    Ligia 0103028
    The Piano Library 267