Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor, completed after Borodin's death, ca. 1890)

~ Work


This work seems to contain at least two parts, No. 8 and No. 17. No. 8 seems to be an instrumental prelude, and is often omitted. No. 17 has a brief instrumental introduction, then has a chorus with soloists. These are the only numbered parts evident.

See Wikipedia article "Polovtsian Dances" for more on the work's structure. See CPDL public domain score "Polovetsian Dances (Alexander Borodin)" for the contents of No. 17.

I speculate that many recordings linked to the Work Polovtsian Dances From Prince Igor (9a81051a) are actually performances of No. 17 only, but it is hard to tell.

Annotation last modified on 2016-08-24 00:38 UTC.


composer:Александр Порфирьевич Бородин (Alexander Borodin)
arranger:Александр Константинович Глазунов (Russian composer, 1865–1936)
Николай Андреевич Римский‐Корсаков (Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov)
Wikidata:Q929758 [info]
referred to in medleys:Hooked on a Song
parts:1. Polovtsian Dances no. 8, “Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens”: Presto, 6/8, F major
2. Polovtsian Dances no. 17, “Polovtsian Dance with Chorus”
is the basis for:Polovtsian Dances 〜OZ Ver.〜
Prince Igor (Rapsody)
На крыльях ветра

arrangements:Polovtsian Dances (for brass band, Snell)
Polovtsian Dances (catch-all for arrangements)
Polovtsian Dances (arr. Sokolov for two pianos)


1934-10-05Prince Igor: Polovtsian DanceLondon Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham10:42
1944-12-18Prince Igor: Polovtsian DancesThe Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy7:24
1950-04Polovtsian Dances from Prince IgorRIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay14:53
1954-11Prince Igor: Polovtsian dancesPhilharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan15:14
1957-06-20 – 1957-06-21Prince Igor: Polovtsian DancesBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler11:03
1960-11Polovtsian Dances - Prince IgorAlexander Borodin13:39
1961-01-30 – 1961-01-31Prince Igor: Polovtsian DancesOrchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Constantin Silvestri13:59
1963-01-21Prince Igor: Act 2. Polovtsian Dance. AllegropartialNew York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein2:07
1963-01-21Prince Igor: Act 2. Polovtsian Dance. Allegro con spirito - Più animatopartialNew York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein1:25
1963-01-21Prince Igor: Act 2. Polovtsian Dance. Allegro vivopartialNew York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein1:10
1963-01-21Prince Igor: Act 2. Polovtsian Dance. Introduzione. AndantinopartialNew York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein2:23
1963-01-21Prince Igor: Act 2. Polovtsian Dance. Moderato alla brevepartialNew York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein1:18
1963-01-21Prince Igor: Act 2. Polovtsian Dance. PrestopartialNew York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein1:19
1963-01-21Prince Igor: Act 2. Polovtsian Dance. PrestopartialNew York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein1:18
1963-01-21Prince Igor: Polovtsian DancesNew York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein13:12
1963-06Fürst Igor: Polowetzer TänzeOrchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte‐Carlo, Louis Frémaux10:46
1966-05-27Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances and ChorusJohn Alldis, London Symphony Orchestra Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti13:43
1969-06Polovtsian DancesLeopold Stokowski11:17
1969-06Polovtsian Dances, from: Prince IgorChorus of the Welsh National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski11:13
1971-01-13Polovetsian Dances from "Prince Igor"The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy12:18
1971-01Polovtsian Dances From Prince Igor: AllegropartialBerliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan2:21
1971-01Polovtsian Dances From Prince Igor: Allegro con spiritopartialBerliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan1:25
1971-01Polovtsian Dances From Prince Igor: Allegro vivopartialBerliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan1:12
1971-01Polovtsian Dances From Prince Igor: Introduzione. AndantinopartialBerliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan2:36
1971-01Polovtsian Dances From Prince Igor: Moderato alla brevepartialBerliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan1:25
1971-01Polovtsian Dances From Prince Igor: PrestopartialBerliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan1:26
1971-01Polovtsian Dances From Prince Igor: PrestopartialBerliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan1:26
1971-09Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor”National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt13:26
1972-01Polvtsian DancesBorodin, arr.Glazunov & Rimsky-Korsakov13:33
1976-07-24Polovtsian Dances (From "Prince Igor")liveBBC Symphony Orchestra, Vilem Tausky11:49
1976-11Prince Igor (Excerpts): Polovtsian DancesToronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis12:59
1977-03Polovtsian DancesChicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim11:06
1977Prince Igor: Polovtsian DancesNational Philharmonic Orchestra, Tjeknavorian11:30
1978-07-14Polovtsian DancesCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Sergiu Comissiona8:35
1987-07-04 – 1987-07-09Polovtsian DancesSlovenská filharmónia, Daniel Nazareth12:45
1987-07-04 – 1987-07-09Prince Igor: Polovtsian DancespartialSlovenská filharmónia, Daniel Nazareth6:01
1988-06-04 – 1988-06-07Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances: AllegroBoston Pops Orchestra, John Williams2:16
1988-06-04 – 1988-06-07Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances: PrestoBoston Pops Orchestra, John Williams5:44
1989-06Polovtsian Dances From “Prince Igor”Göteborgs Symfoniska Kör, Torgny Sporsén, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Neeme Järvi11:22
1991-01-07 – 1991-01-10Prince Igor: Polovtsian DancesRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Leaper11:13
1991-07 – 1991-08Azure 〜Polovetsian Dance From Opera “Prince Igor”partial天野清継5:22
1993-05Prince Igor: Polowetzer TänzeKirov Chorus, Kirov Orchestra, Valery Gergeiv11:21
2003-09-13Polovtsian DancesliveAngela Gheorghiu, Leila Josefowicz, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin11:27
2007-12-29 – 2007-12-31Polovtsian Dances from Prince IgorBerliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle12:11
2012-06Polovtsian Dances from "Prince Igor"liveWiener Philharmoniker, Gustavo Dudamel12:18
2020-09-22 – 2020-09-25Polowetzer Tänze aus der Oper «Fürst Igor»Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian11:36
"Danzas polovisianas"[unknown]?:??
"Danzas Polovtsianas", de la Ópera "El Principe Igor"Александр Порфирьевич Бородин11:32
Azure in Parispartial天野清継6:18
Danse Polovtsienne N°4 (extr. du Prince Igor)partialRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras2:19
Danses polovtsiennes[unknown]7:33
Danses polovtsiennesSofia National Opera Chorus, Sofia National Opera Orchestra, Емил Чакъров11:54
Danses PolovtsiennesThe John Alldis Choir, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Loris Tjeknavorian11:35
Danses Polovtsiennes "Le Prince Igor"Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham3:52
Danses Polovtsiennes (extraites de l'opera 'Le Prince Igor')Александр Порфирьевич Бородин11:05
El príncipe Igor: Danzas polovetsianasPascual González, Coro del Estado de Jalisco, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Guillermo Salvador14:40
EurochoicemedleyThe Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Brooks5:11
From "Prince Igor": Polovtsian DancesRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ole Schmidt14:11
Fürst Igor: Polowetzer TänzeDas Große Klassik Orchester13:58
Fürst Igor: Polowetzer TänzeDjansug Kakhidze, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra12:02
Fürst Igor: Polowetzer TänzeOrchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Louis Frémaux10:41
Fürst Igor: Polowetzer TänzeSofia National Opera Chorus, Sofia Festival Orchestra11:58
Fürst Igor: Polowetzer Tänze[unknown]11:19
Il Principe Igor (Danze Polovesiane)Pfälzische Philharmonie, Kurt Redel11:49
Le Prince Igor : Danses polovstiennes[unknown]11:30
Lonely Winds of WarpartialMasterplan4:35
Music popularized in “Kismet” — excerpts from Overture to Prince Igor / Petite Suite / Polovtsian Dances from Prince IgorpartialCincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel6:43
On Thin IcepartialLiza McLean, Stephen Smith, Julie-Ann Gillitt, John Talbot, Edmund Dehn, Douglas Blackwell, Richard Shannon, Philharmonia Hungarica, Siegfried Köhler17:54
Polovetsian DancesModern Times Orchestra, Joel Spiegelman11:01
Polovetsian Dances (From Prince Igor)Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle3:58
Polovetsian Dances from Prince IgorpartialEmpire Brass3:38
Polovetzer Tanzepartial[unknown]2:20
Polovetzian Dances from "Prince Igor"Chœurs de la Radiodiffusion Française, Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Igor Markevitch?:??
Polovietzkian DancesRadio Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana, Anton Nanut11:28
Polovitsian Dances (Excerpt)partialWiener Symphoniker, Heinrich Hollreiser4:56
Polovstian Dances[unknown]13:58
Polovstian DancespartialLeningrad Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Runstedt13:39
Polovstsian Dances from Prince IgorАлександр Порфирьевич Бородин12:06
Polovtian Dances from 'Prince Igor'[unknown]13:54
Polovtsian Dance (excerpt) from Prince IgorpartialEmil Chakarov5:43
Polovtsian Dance No. 17 from the opera Prince IgorErica Goodman4:15
Polovtsian dances[unknown]2:10
Polovtsian DancesOrchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, André Cluytens13:28
Polovtsian DancespartialJeff Jarratt, Don Reedman, Andrew Pryce Jackman, Nick Glennie‐Smith, Richard Allen Harvey4:59
Polovtsian DancesAlexander Borodin11:29
Polovtsian DancesМодест Петрович Мусоргский11:28
Polovtsian DancesHuddersfield Choral Society, Brian Kay12:08
Polovtsian Dancesinstrumental and partialUtrecht Symphony Orchestra, Paul Hupperts?:??
Polovtsian Dancespartial[unknown]2:09
Polovtsian DancespartialShoji Meguro4:37
Polovtsian DancespartialLaurence Siegel, London Philharmonic Orchestra2:20
Polovtsian DancesAlexander Borodin11:10
Polovtsian DancesThe Nord Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, Wilhelm Rohr13:59
Polovtsian DancesLondon Symphony Orchestra, George Richter13:24
Polovtsian Dances (conclusion)instrumental and partialUtrecht Symphony Orchestra, Paul Hupperts?:??
Polovtsian Dances (excerpt)partialOrchestra of the Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet2:10
Polovtsian Dances (excerpts)partialBolshoi Theater Chorus, Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Lazarev7:37
Polovtsian Dances (from "Prince Igor, Act II)Salzbourg Festival Orchestra, Klaus Geyer14:14
Polovtsian Dances (From “Prince Igor”)The London Festival Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Stanley Black14:59
Polovtsian Dances (From Price Igor)London Symphony Orchestra11:54
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