Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

This page lists all recordings of Scheherazade, Op. 35, by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky Korsakov (1844-1908) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade & Capriccio espagnol

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade & Capriccio espagnol

Stereo · Recorded In 1974, 1976 & 1977


Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34


“Setting Rostropovich, an impetuously Slavonic musician if ever there was one, in front of such an unmistakably French orchestra as this produces an intriguing and most attractive blend of Russian fire and colour with Gallic elegance and sentiment,” wrote Gramophone. The relationship between the great cellist-conductor and the Orchestre de Paris achieves glorious expression in this programme of Russian orchestral showpieces.

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade & Russian Easter Festival Overture

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade & Russian Easter Festival Overture


Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

first release on CD

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult


In his most famous orchestral composition, Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov, like Beethoven in his ‘Pastoral’ Symphony before him, was more interested in evoking feelings and impressions than in spoon-feeding listeners a pre-digested program. So the titles he provided for its four movements, were indicative rather than based on particular stories from the Arabian Nights.

Pierre Monteux’s recording, taped in Kingsway Hall in June 1957 was first issued on RCA (at the time when the label had a collaborative release arrangement with Decca). Since then the recording has repatriated to Decca who first issued it on LP in 1970 and then on CD in 1988 as part of its ‘Weekend Classics’ series. It is now restored to circulation as part of Eloquence’s on-going exploration of the recorded legacy of Monteux.

That same year, Rimsky-Korsakov also completed the Russian Easter Festival Overture, also known as ‘Bright Holiday’, in keeping with the Russian Orthodox name for Easter. Many of the melodies heard in this work were taken from the Obikhod, a collection of liturgical chants dating back many centuries, and first published in 1772. Rimsky-Korsakov had a deep appreciation for Russia’s pagan and early Christian history.

Sir Adrian Boult’s recording of the Overture also hails from 1957, and like Monteux’s Schehrazade first appeared on RCA. Decca released it in 1971 as part of its Eclipse series. This is its first release on Decca CD.

“The London Symphony Orchestra plays extremely well … Hugh McGuire is an admirable violin soloist – I was especially trateful to hear those long and very high E’s at the end so securely held… Monteux’s very great perception of the wizardry of the scoring is in its own way the equal of Beecham’s and he is specially notable for the way he builds each movement. The recording is splendid…” Gramophone Magazine, November 1958 (Scheherazade)

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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35


This disc marks the beginning of an new recording relationship between Chandos Records and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Conducting this performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ever popular symphonic suite Sheherazade is Peter Oundjian, who this season celebrates his tenth year as Music Director of the Orchestra. After a recent performance of the work, the Toronto Star praised Oundjian and the ‘remarkably polished’ TSO for their ‘élan and dynamic punch’.

Many composers have drawn inspiration from the collection of folklore known as the Arabian Nights but none has captured the imagination so vividly as Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov in Sheherazade, composed in 1888. In the story, Sheherazade escapes the murderous intent of her husband, the Sultan Schariar, by entertaining him with fascinating tales every evening for 1001 nights. Rimsky-Korsakov’s four movements allude to individual episodes and images from the stories in dazzling orchestral colour.

The suite opens with a stern and strident brass theme representing the bloodthirsty Sultan. A winding melody for solo violin that returns throughout the work represents the answering voice of Sheherazade. The kaleidoscopic second movement has the character of a scherzo while the third is tender and lyrical. The finale is a boisterous and exuberant carnival, calmed by the return of Sheherazade’s theme which brings the work to a serene conclusion.

“The main hero of this recording is the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's lead violinist, Jonathan Crow. His Sheherazade...is a feisty, fearless and engaging storyteller...Crow's playing is almost enough to make this recording a prime version.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2014 ***

“Certainly they play well together as an orchestral team, and the soloists come forwards with well-placed contributions in Rimsky-Korsakov's colourful score...What is so far missing is the capacity for the conductor to entrust more to the players...Nevertheless this is a good performance, scrupulously recorded.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade


Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

orch S. Lyapunov

Erkin:

Kocecke: Dance Suite

Ippolitov-Ivanov:

Caucasian Sketches, Op. 10, No. 2 'In the Village'

Caucasian Sketches, Op. 10, No. Caucasian Sketches, Op. 10, No. 4 ‘The Procession of the Sardar’

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35


The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Sascha Goetzel, have over the course of the past five years, built a formidable reputation as one of the most creative and exciting orchestras in Europe. Two earlier CDs for ONYX were extremely well received by critics around the world and the new release will not disappoint. Since it was founded, BIPO has worked to develop not only as an orchestra, but as a showcase for music from different traditions – a multicultural mosaic where each little stone is carefully placed with the utmost respect for its neighbour, making a unique contribution to its surroundings. This new recording explores the eastern musical roots of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, identifying elements from the eastern side of the Bosphorus which have impinged on the Western cultural background of these composers. For the first time the BIPO introduce original oriental instruments on a Scheherezade recording: between the first and second movements the oud plays a traditional melody; the violin solo recitatives are accompanied by the qanin instead of the harp; throughout the work a variety of Turkish and Arabian percussion instruments are delicately incorporated to support Rimsky-Korsakov's Arabic rhythm-writing.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“As always, Goetzel’s orchestra buckles down with a boisterous energy that disarms criticism.” The Times, 25th July 2014 ****

“It might not be the ultimate performance ofScheherazade, but the exotic interpolations refresh this overplayed work and the many solo passages are played with panache.” The Observer, 27th July 2014 ***

“the interludes work beautifully as palate-cleansers and serve to throw the music which surrounds them into sharper relief...The Borusan forces offer some of the most vital, vivid orchestral playing I’ve heard in a long time, whether throwing new light on an established warhorse or introducing us to relative rarities – I urge you to give them a whirl.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 4th August 2014

“[Scheherazade] is a work that well demonstrates the orchestra's virtues, which include not only a fine set of principals who have their individual voices in the brighly hued scoring but an overall warmth of tone and precision of ensemble and intonation that are hard won by newly formed orchestras. This is an attractive performance, vigorous of impulse and...pleasingly sensuous.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

“a terrific recording … Goetzel paces the work extremely convincingly … For daring, exotic colour, this is the most beguiling Sheherazade to have entertained me for some time.” International Record Review, October 2014

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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade & other works

Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade & other works


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Le Coq d'Or Suite

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34


Lorin Maazel’s recording of the Coq d’Or Suite is considered one of the glories of the fabled Decca Sound and was first reissued on CD as part of Decca’s ‘Legends’ series. This set marks the first international release on CD of his recording of the composer’s Arabian Nights ‘fantasy’, Scheherazade as well as the Capriccio espagnol. To complete this 2CD set of all of Maazel’s Rimsky-Korsakov recordings for Decca is his thrilling, grand performance of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony.

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8


Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Kirill Karabits

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Jermolaj Albiker (violin)

Alejo Perez


Continuing with Haenssler’s fascinating series Les Ballets Russes, this next volume presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite.

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Fritz Reiner conducts Rimsky Korsakov & Stravinsky

Fritz Reiner conducts Rimsky Korsakov & Stravinsky


Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Stravinsky:

Le Chant du Rossignol


“Reiner's magnificent (1956) Scheherazade stands out among the many superb RCA recordings made in Chicago in the 1950s...Sidney Harth, the orchestral leader, naturally balanced, plays most seductively...The Stravinsky coupling also shows the conductor and orchestra at their finest, and this is a CD that should be in everyone's collection.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade


Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

May Night Overture

The Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Christmas Eve Suite

Dubinushka Op. 62

Sadko (tone poem), Op. 5

Snow Maiden Suite


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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade

Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade


Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Igor Markevitch


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First Choice - September 2005

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Philips - 4426432

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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35, etc.

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34


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