Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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Rimsky-Korsakov for Piano Duo

Rimsky-Korsakov for Piano Duo


Rimsky Korsakov:

Neapolitan Song, Op. 63

version for piano duet

Scheherazade, Op. 35

arr. for four hands

Symphony No. 2, Op. 9 'Antar'

arr. Nadezhda Purgold for piano duet


Goldstone & Clemmow (piano duo)

When Rimsky-Korsakov began work on what turned out to be his most popular work, Scheherazade, after 'One Thousand and One Nights', in the winter of 1887-8, he was firmly established in St Petersburg both as a professor and as a major composer. As a prominent member of the 'nationalist' school of Russian composers, he was nevertheless inspired by the music of other cultures, Spain and the middle east being obvious examples. In Scheherazade, though, it seems that there are no authentic Arabic melodies such as we find in his earlier middle-eastern-inspired work Antar.

It should be mentioned that the composer considered it sufficiently important to write a four hand transcription of the work himself, and not to delegate the task, that he interrupted work on an opera for two weeks to do so. The result is highly complex but enormously effective and rewarding. There is scope for more spontaneity and flexibility than would be possible with a large orchestra, and the timbres are remarkably pungent.

At the time when he was working on Antar, Rimsky-Korsakov became friendly with the cultured Purgold family and four years later married the youngest daughter Nadezhda, who became his great support. She was a fine pianist and a composer in her own right, having studied with Tchaikovsky’s teacher Zaremba, and it was she who was entrusted with transcribing Antar for four hands.

Six months before he died, Rimsky-Korsakov produced his jolly Neapolitan Song, Op.63, based on Denza’s ‘Funiculi Funicula’, which is performed on this CD in his own four-hand version for piano. Before the first performance he withdrew it, having been dissatisfied with it at the rehearsal. However the composer’s self-criticism seems unjust, as the idiosyncratic key changes add humorous twists to the well-known tarantella melody, resulting in a rollicking occasional piece.

With CDs approaching forty in number and a busy concert schedule stretching back more than thirty years, the British piano duo Goldstone and Clemmow is firmly established as a leading force. Described by Gramophone as ‘a dazzling husband and wife team’, by International Record Review as ‘a British institution in the best sense of the word’, and by The Herald, Glasgow, as ‘the UK’s pre-eminent two-piano team’, internationally known artists Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow formed their duo in 1984 and married in 1989.

In their refreshingly presented concerts they mix famous masterpieces and fascinating rarities, which they frequently unearth themselves, into absorbing and hugely entertaining programmes; their numerous BBC broadcasts have often included first hearings of unjustly neglected works, and their equally enterprising and acclaimed commercial recordings include many world premières.

“This top-flight piano twosome conjures scintillating keyboard colours in Scheherazade; Antar is also finely played, and Rimsky's 'Funiculi, funicula' arrangement is a riot.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Divine Art - DDA25118

(CD)

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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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Format:

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Chandos - CHSA5145

(SACD)

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Yuri Temirkanov conducts Rachmaninov & Rimsky-Korsakov

Yuri Temirkanov conducts Rachmaninov & Rimsky-Korsakov

Live from the Annecy Classic Festival 2013


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Denis Matsuev (piano)

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35


St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

In its fourth edition, the Annecy Classic Festival has become a major player in the national and international cultural landscape. In residence at the 2013 Annecy Classic Festival, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic closes the festival and joins forces with its iconic conductor Yuri Temirkanov.

Temirkanov conducts the orchestra in a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's lush Sheherazade, with its intoxicating scents and the glowing, oriental colours - a journey through One Thousand and One Nights.

Together with multi-gifted musician Denis Matsuev (winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition), the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra invites us on a journey, whose secret lies in Rachmaninov’s famous Piano Concerto No.2 and the Symphonic Dances. Denis Matsuev, the "Siberian Bear" as they call him, interprets the Piano Concerto No. 2 virtuously and passionately.

Including 8-minutes bonus (Verdi: La Forza del destino - Overture)

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080/60i - Full HD, 16:9

Sound format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 150 mins

German FSK: 0

“One of the particular pleasures of this filmed concert is watching the avuncular maestro Yuri Temirkanov direct a group of players who know his every gesture so intimately. What wonderful and subtle effects he can achieve with the absolute minimum - less is more - and the sound he produces seems to reflect his podium personality.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

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EuroArts - 2075064

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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.

Hänssler - Les Ballets Russes - HAEN93289

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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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Sony Originals - 88697700362

(CD)

$12.25

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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


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

(CD - 2 discs)

$15.50

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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade

Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade


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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