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'Mighty Handful' members Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui and Liadov were so enchanted with this clever Polka that they elected to write pieces themselves, using the same, incessantly repeated underlying 'Chopsticks' theme. In turn, Borodin, intrigued by the emerging composite set, added two more short vignettes of his own: the Requiem heard here and a March. Borodin had a great reputation within his circle for his humorous improvisations at the piano, and Stasov conjectures that these two pieces are probably transcriptions capturing Borodin’s spontaneous flights of fancy.
No public performance has ever been traced of Leopold Stokowski’s orchestral arrangement of the Requiem. The score and parts, however, which reside in the Stokowski Collection at the University of Pennsylvania, were provided for the present recording. Stokowski’s larger-than-life, highly-coloured orchestral palette manages to combine with the utter simplicity of Borodin’s theme and accompaniment to produce a result which is convincing in its power and majesty.
In Borodin’s original piano version, the words 'Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis' are indicated for a solo tenor voice and a male chorus. In this first recording, they have been incorporated as an addition to Stokowski’s purely orchestral setting.
from notes by Philip Taylor © 2020
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