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Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, etc / Lazarev, Bolshoi


Release Date: 05/03/1994 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 94808   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Alexander GolyshevSergei GirshenkoVladimir FeraponotovAnna Levina,   ... 
Conductor:  Alexander Lazarev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Virtuoso pieces played with panache and ferocious tempos.

Lazarev attacks these virtuoso pieces with verve, not to mention also attacking his orchestra; the players respond to the challenge of his ferocious tempos dashingly and with their panache held high. There is a furiously skirling clarinet to lead off the Capriccio espagnol, with a solo violin dancing and skittering fantastically about him, and a harp whose sweeps rally and recharge the music with their energy. There is a truculent brass section to fling Lazarev's demands back at him, and woodwind that includes a haunting cor anglais. These individual contributions, and others, are exhilarating; they are well differentiated in the recording, though within a
Read more curiously cavernous acoustic that takes a little getting used to.

The venue was the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, with the orchestra on the stage—or so it appears from the orchestral plan which is, very interestingly, included. This disposes the violins, very properly, on either side of the conductor. Lazarev's energy and sense of colour are at their best in the Capriccio and the suite from The Golden Cockerel, which includes some beautifully languorous playing; he drives the Russian Easter Festival Overture rather too hectically for its sense of grand exuberance. But these are attractive performances of some attractive virtuoso music.

-- John Warrack, Gramophone [8/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Alexander Golyshev (Flute), Sergei Girshenko (Violin), Vladimir Feraponotov (Clarinet),
Anna Levina (Harp)
Conductor:  Alexander Lazarev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Venue:  Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow 
Length: 15 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Sergei Girshenko (Violin), Valery Suschenko (Trombone), Dmitry Miller (Cello),
Alexander Golyshev (Flute)
Conductor:  Alexander Lazarev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Venue:  Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow 
Length: 15 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Tsar's Bride: Overture by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Alexander Lazarev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Russia 
Venue:  Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
4.
May Night: Overture by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Alexander Lazarev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
Venue:  Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Golden Cockerel: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Sergei Vlasov (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Alexander Lazarev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
Venue:  Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow 
Length: 26 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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