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Described by the composer as a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale images and designs of oriental character, Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Sheherazade has delighted listeners for generations. The rapturous solo violin plays the part of the slave who narrates the wonderful tales of the Arabian Nights, including the adventures of Sinbad, Prince Kalender and the Festival of Baghdad.
The suite, or ‘musical pictures’, from The Tale of Tsar Saltan depicts episodes from this magical opera, from which the mischievous Flight of the Bumblebee is also drawn.
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Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
II. The Kalender Prince
III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
IV. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea
Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57
I. The Tsar's Farewell and Departure
II. The Tsarina in a Barrel at Sea
III. The Three Wonders
Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumblebee
Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumblebee
“Maria Larionoff imbues her violin solos with some feeling, and there is some excellent work from the wind principals...In the less familiar Tsar Saltan Suite...Tempos click into place effortlessly, and the lapping figure which represents the sea comes across with more character than in Sheherazade [sic]”
“Gerard Schwarz's seasoned Seattle Symphony makes a more than favourable impression, with cultured solo playing and an impressive opulence and corporate blend. Schwarz has an articulate and often seductive story-teller in his concert-master-turned-sultana Maria Larionoff, whose immaculate tuning would alone help stave off her master's displeasure”
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