Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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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.

“[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

“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

“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 ***

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

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Onyx - ONYX4124

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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.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4806627

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scenes from The Invisible City of Kitezh & Sheherazade

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scenes from The Invisible City of Kitezh & Sheherazade


Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia: excerpts


Although he was counted amongst Mily Balakirev's 'Mighty Handful' (which dedicated itself to pursuing a more purely Russian art music, as opposed to the Austro-German musical dominance of the era), both works on this recording show how Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was able to draw influences from beyond Russia into his own unique compositional approach: the scenes from his opera 'The Invisible City of Kitezh' take on a dramatic, Wagnerian influence, whilst 'Sheherazade' is suffused with orientalism as it conjures images from the Thousand and One Nights.

“this Scheherazade is absolutely marvellous, one of the best available. If you think you have heard the score so often that it has become jaded, this is a recording to make you think again.” MusicWeb International, 28th May 2013

Signum - SIGCD320

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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.

Hänssler - Les Ballets Russes - HAEN93289

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Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Yefim Bronfman at the Lucerne Festival, 5th September 2011

Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Yefim Bronfman at the Lucerne Festival, 5th September 2011


Beethoven:

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons


Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today and once again served notice of his extraordinary talent in Summer 2011 when he conducted two concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam at the prestigious Lucerne Festival.

This concert, available on DVD and Blu-ray features, amongst a programme of Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven and Dvořák, the Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman performing Beethoven’s majestic Fifth Piano Concerto and Chopin’s Etude in F major.

Andris Nelsons is a regular conductor with many of the world’s top orchestras.

Total: 110 minutes

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM Stereo

16:9, HD

“Nelsons is engrossed in the music, and it’s impossible not to succumb to his obvious and infectious enthusiasm...That’s one of the unexpected joys of this concert; everyone is clearly having fun...A delightful overture, a competent concerto, and a Scheherazade to die for.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

“every gesture and expression dovetails with what we hear. Subtle yet soaring, these orchestral performances are shaped by a conductor who enjoys every second of his job, and equally enjoys the musicians before him - the superb Concertgebouw players, peerless in technical finesse and the elegant colouring of phrase and line.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 ***

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C Major - 710204

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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35, etc.

Borodin:

Symphony No. 2 in B minor

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35


"The 1980 Philips analogue recording was one of the very finest made of Russian music in the Concertgebouw; it has glamour and brilliance ... Kyrill Kondrashin has the full measure of this colourful score, while the finale builds up to a feeling of excitement which leads to a riveting climax at 'The Shripwreck'." Gramophone

Building a Library

First Choice - September 2005

Building a Library

First Choice (live recording) - June 2008

Philips - Originals - 4757570

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Return of the Firebird

Return of the Firebird


Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Stravinsky:

Petrushka

The Firebird


Andris Liepa, Gediminas Taranda, Sergei Petukhov, Tatiana Beletskaya, Vitaly Breusenko

Bolshoi State Academic Theatre Orchestra, Russian Seasons Folk Company, Andrey Chistiakov

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

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Decca - 0793229

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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade

Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade


Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Borodin:

In the Steppes of Central Asia

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35


“[Gergiev] bring[s] out Rimsky's crystalline solo textures, such as the passages for solo cello, horn and woodwinds in the first movement. And if tempos are slow in the first three movements, Gergiev makes up for lost time in the fiery, bristling fourth, which becomes a tour-de-force for an orchestra clearly at the height of its powers” Matthew Shorter, bbc.co.uk, 25th February 2003

“Recorded under live conditions but without an audience in St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, this Scheherazade is the most red-blooded, exciting account of Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral warhorse currently available, helped by full, immediate sound of a richness rare in Russian recordings. The magnetism is established from the start, with Gergiev completely dispelling the feeling that this is a work which keeps stopping and starting too often for its own good. Consistently you register that these are players who have the music in their blood, with rubato naturally inflected. In expressive freedom Gergiev is often less extreme than Reiner or Karajan, as in the quasi recitando bassoon solo near the start of the second movement or the espressivo oboe solo which follows, in which Gergiev notes also the atempo marking, keeping it steady. The virtuosity of the St Petersburg soloists conveys an edge-ofseat tension, particularly when Gergiev opts for challengingly fast speeds in the climactic passages of the second and fourth movements.
This is a work written over only a few weeks, and far more than usual this is a performance that, defying the many changes of tempo, conveys that urgency of inspiration. Yet Gergiev brings out points of detail in the brilliant instrumentation normally bypassed, as in the upward glissando for the cellos in the opening section of the third movement, either ignored or merely hinted at by others.
Two points might be counted controversial.
The tempo for that opening section of the third movement, 'The Young Prince and Princess', is markedly slower than with the others. Yet in context Gergiev conjures extra contrast with the other movements. The other point is that, though the recorded sound has spectacular weight and power over the widest range, it's clear that reverberation has been added to a recording made in a relatively dry theatre acoustic. Happily, it doesn't get in the way of orchestral detail. Both performance and recording, whatever the acoustic juggling, have a power that pins you back in your seat.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2002

Philips - 4708402

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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


Decca - E4434642

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