Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade & Borodin: Polovtsian Dances

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade & Borodin: Polovtsian Dances


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

London Philharmonic Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Concertgebouw Orchestra


For the first century of its history, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam had only four principal conductors, and it was the second and fourth, Willem Mengelberg and Bernard Haitink, who enjoyed a truly international reputation.

Previous issues on Eloquence from Haydn (476 8483) to Debussy (4646362) have shed light on the recordings made with the Concertgebouw by the third of its directors, Eduard van Beinum. With him the orchestra made many recordings for Decca which are being restored to the catalogue and uncovering the particular interpretative gifts identified by Classical Source: ‘With Van Beinum there is no artifice, just wholesome regard for the music. His is an intelligent approach to the music he plays through scrupulous attention to detail.’

Speaking of a recording made in July 1956 for Philips of Scheherezade, the four-movement tone poem in which Rimsky-Korsakov demonstrated his supreme gifts as an orchestrator, Classical Source called it ‘a superbly musical account, blessedly free of crass mannerisms and cheap vulgarities – with power and sensitivity in equal measure’. Particular praise was accorded on all sides to the solo part of the story-teller Scheherezade herself: ‘really beautiful solos by the Concertgebouw concertmaster of the day, Jan Damen’, noted Jay Nordlinger in the National Review.

This is among the fleetest accounts of Scheherezade on record, and Van Beinum’s control of line even at the swiftest of tempi is also a distinguishing feature of the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s unfinished magnum opus, Prince Igor. These were recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus (singing in English) several years earlier.

“The orchestral playing in this issue of these vivid dances is positively brilliant – the whirling introductory dance is quite breathtaking.” Gramophone Magazine, November 1950 (Polovtsian Dances)

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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 & 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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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, Op. 35, etc.

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34


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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35, etc.

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Le Coq d'Or Suite


Pierre Nerini (violin)

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Paris Conservatoire Orcheatra, Ernest Ansermet

While Ansermet's stereo Suisse Romande recording of Scheherazade is well-known and has been frequently reissued, his early (1954) Paris Conservatoire Orchestra recording of this piece is a relative rarity and here receives its first CD outing on Decca. It has, perhaps, that extra bit of fantasy over his later recording of the work and was beautifully recorded by the Producer/Engineer team of Victor Olof and James Brown at the Maison de la Mutualite in Paris. Its coupling receives its first release on CD - the Coq d'Or Suite, recorded two years earlier (in mono) and which tells the tale of the ill-advised King Dodon who meets his end by being pecked to death by a golden cockerel!

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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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