Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Suites

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Suites



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28th Nov 2011




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Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Suites

Rimsky Korsakov:

Snow Maiden Suite

Sadko (tone poem), Op. 5

Mlada Suite

Le Coq d'Or Suite



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Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral genius shines through in his colourful operatic suites, and that from his final opera Le Coq d’or is richly dramatic and expressive. The complicated folk-based story of the Snow Maiden is simplified into four enchanting movements, and that of Sadko into a single, radiantly descriptive tone-poem. The thrilling legend of Mlada is represented by vivid dances and a final Cortège. Gerard Schwarz’s recording of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade (8572693) with the Seattle Symphony was described as ‘absolutely terrific’. (ClassicsToday.com)

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden Suite

I. Introduction

II. Danse des oiseaux (Dance of the Birds)

III. Cortege

IV. Danse des bouffons (Dance of the Clowns)

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko, Musical Picture, Op. 5

Sadko, Musical Picture, Op. 5

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Mlada Suite

I. Introduction

II. Redowa

III. Lithuanian Dance

IV. Indian Dance

V. Cortege

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel Suite

I. King Dodon in his Palace

II. King Dodon on the Battlefield

III. King Dodon with Queen of Shemakhan

IV. Marriage Feast and Lamentable End of King Dodon

The Guardian

15th December 2011


“the orchestral suites that Rimsky-Korsakov often extracted from his stage works often convey their textures and particular dramatic flavours very vividly...all the performances, including those of the less well-known extracts...have real energy and a touch of the necessary theatricality too.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2012

“The Seattle players are excellent, with a confident horn section that has plenty to rejoice in...the excerpts [from The Golden Cockerel] are more substantial, and are not only vividly presented but well-shaped. The pieces are enjoyable as lollipops; perhaps they will also encourage listeners to explore Rimsky-Korsakov's operatic legacy more fully.”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2012


“it's not so much the marine atmosphere [in Sadko] or, indeed, the mood-conscious introductions to the three other works which are impressive but the way the conductor gets his Seattle players to dance...The Seattle woodwind burst with character, and there's some hair-raising trombone playing as the surreal drama of Rimsky-Korsakov's slightly scary swansong builds up a head of steam.”

Sunday Times

29th January 2012

“This is exquisitely crafted, Fabergé-egg music, and Schwarz’s Seattle players revel in the exotic harmonies and orchestration.”

MusicWeb International

August 2012

“[the disc] gives the impression of a conductor who is fully in sympathy with the music and who brings out the best, both in the works performed, and from this really rather good orchestra...Clowns is taken at a sensible tempo - not ‘hyped up’ to make it sensationalist as is so often the case. It nevertheless retains a wonderful sense of exuberance and energy.”

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