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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol, etc


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Dg Panorama Catalog #: 469187   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Michel Schwalbé
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanLorin MaazelVladimir AshkenazyIgor Markevitch,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An extremely good and very generous collection. Ashkenazy's flighty bumblebee is suitably aerobatic and Markevitch excels in the more than usually reverent Russian Easter Festival Overture.

The Panorama series competes in price-range directly with Naxos and Arte Nova. The series of Twofers come in at £9.00 each - shaving 50p off the Naxos catalogue price. The DG and Philips catalogues are the lode from which this series is mined. Big names and recordings best known once at full price provide serious competition. Karajan's Sheherazade is not perhaps the most charming of versions but it lacks nothing in power and Michel Schwalbe's seductress violin draws us into the fantasy. 1967 technology is still perfectly
Read more acceptable. Maazel is excellent in the pert and folksy Capriccio and is well rendered in sound now forty years of age. Neither the Capriccio nor the Sheherazade supplant my reference versions: Ormandy in Capriccio and Kondrashin (BMG) and Serebrier (Reference Recordings) not to mention Beecham and Stokowski in Sheherazade. The flighty bumblebee (Ashkenazy/Philharmonia) is suitably aerobatic and Markevitch (1967, Concertgebouw) excels in the more than usually reverent Russian Easter Festival Overture. Ashkenazy's Tsar Saltan suite is an explosion of vibrant colour, toybox marches and rich oriental fantasy with some Borodin hallmarks amid the melodies. One can see what a small step it was from here to Prokofiev's Three Oranges. Järvi's 1988 Antar is more a second Sheherazade than a second symphony and the music is vintage Rimsky and deserves close attention. I am extremely enthusiastic about Antar. There are some fine versions in the catalogue - Kondrashin (BMG) and Abravanel being notable examples. The Järvi outpoints both in subtlety of sound if not in power. The Kondrashin is one of the great interpretations to be counted alongside Svetlanov's The Seasons. I have not heard Järvi's Chandos Bergen version. Still this Järvi goes with irresistible lilt (6.02 first movement) and celebratory abandon (00.40 allegro risoluto). Markevich's Lamoureux Golden Cockerel is aptly mysterious and evocative of fairytale - joy moderately diluted by a hint of stridency in the 1959 sound.

An extremely good, reasonably well documented and very generous collection. Those interested should not hesitate. This is also a way of acquiring some golden age versions not otherwise on offer.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Michel Schwalbé (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Length: 46 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Length: 13 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Length: 14 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 19 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 2, Op. 9 "Antar" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1875; Russia 
Length: 32 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Golden Cockerel: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
Length: 26 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Scheherazade, Op.35: The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
Scheherazade, Op.35: The Story of the Calender Prince
Scheherazade, Op.35: The Young Prince and the Young Princess
Scheherazade, Op.35: Festival at Bagdad - The Sea - The Shipwreck against a rock surmounted by a bronze warrior (The Shipwreck)
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34: 1. Alborada
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34: 2. Variazioni
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34: 3. Alborada
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34: 4. Scena e canto gitano
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34: 5. Fandango asturiano
The Tale of Tsar Saltan: The Flight of the Bumble-Bee
Russian Easter Festival, Overture, Op.36
The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite, Op.57: 1. The Tsar's departure and Farewell
The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite, Op.57: 2. The Tsaritsa and her son afloat in the cask
The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite, Op.57: 3. The Three Wonders
Symphony No.2, Op.9 "Antar": 1. Largo - Allegro giocoso - Adagio - Largo - (Tempo I) - Allegretto Vivace - Largo (Tempo I)
Symphony No.2, Op.9 "Antar": 2. Allegro - Molto allegro - Meno mosso, allargando - Allegro (Tempo I)
Symphony No.2, Op.9 "Antar": 3. Allegro risoluto alla marcia
Symphony No.2, Op.9 "Antar": 4. Allegretto vivace - Andante amoroso - Animato assai - Tempo I
The Golden Cockerel - Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Steinberg (1883-1946): 1. Tsar Dodon In His Palace
The Golden Cockerel - Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Steinberg (1883-1946): 2. Tsar Dodon On Campaign
The Golden Cockerel - Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Steinberg (1883-1946): 3. Tsar Dodon As Guest Of The Queen of Shemakha
The Golden Cockerel - Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Steinberg (1883-1946): 4. The Wedding And Lamentable End of Dodon

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