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: 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.

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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

“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 ***

“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

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C Major - 710204

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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

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Sony Originals - 88697700362

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$13.25

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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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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade

Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade


Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

Borodin:

In the Steppes of Central Asia

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35


“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

“[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

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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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35, etc.

Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35


EMI Great Recordings of the Century - 5669832

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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35, etc.

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49


EMI Encore - 5747512

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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35, etc.

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34


Australian Eloquence - ELQ4666862

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