POLOWETZER TÄNZE

Latest update on 10/11/2016

Artist: Alexander Borodin
Author: Alexander Borodin
Year: 1888

"Gliding Dance of the Maidens" in Act 2 of this chemist/composer's opera Prince Igor, finished posthumously by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov in 1888. About the 12th century clash of civilizations between Russians and Polovetsian nomads.

Covers:

1953:

Doretta Morrow & Richard Kiley [as Stranger In Paradise in Broadway musical Kismet, landing Borodin a merited posthumous Tony Award; Kismet was entirely based on his music (see also: Second String Quartet)]

1953:

Gordon MacRae [idem]

1954:

Tony Bennett [n°1 UK]

1954:

Four Aces

1954:

Tony Martin

1955:

Bing Crosby

1956:

Gloria Lasso [millionseller in France]

1956:

Dario Moreno

1959:

Martin Denny

1966:

Supremes

1967:

Matt Monro [all as Stranger On Paradise]

1979:

Julio Iglesias [as Quereme, hit B & NL]

1988:

André Rieu

1996:

José Carreras [as My Own Little Miracle]

1997:

Warren G & Rhapsody & Sissel [in Prince Igor; hit UK, B & NL]

Borodin's grave in St. Petersburg holds the musical notation of the theme from Polovetsian Dances borrowed for Stranger in Paradise.

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