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Pops Caviar / Fiedler, Boston Pops


Release Date: 02/07/2006 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 71618   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Alexander BorodinNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovAram KhachaturianPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



POPS CAVIAR ? Arthur Fiedler, cond; Boston Pops O ? RCA 71618 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 69:40)


BORODIN In the Steppes of Central Asia. Prince Igor: Overture; Polovtsian Dances. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian Easter Overture. Tsar Saltan: Flight of the Bumblebee . KHACHATURIAN Read more Gayne: Suite. Masquerade: Galop. TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin: Poloniase. Sleeping Beauty: Waltz


Arthur Fiedler has been criticized for emphasizing high energy and garish color at the expense of subtlety, but too often ?subtlety? is a code word for efficient, uninflected, beautiful but dull playing, the sort of thing we?ve gotten from too many single-rehearsal pops concerts in the post-Fiedler era. True, there have been more voluptuous accounts of the Russian fare constituting this ?Pops Caviar? collection, but few have equaled Fiedler?s flair. Don?t you dare accuse Fiedler and his orchestra of Svetlanov-like coarseness; this music is, first of all, beautifully played by what is, remember, the Boston Symphony Orchestra shed of its usual principals (but not its principles). It?s also performed with tremendous spirit, without ever succumbing to battering. Fiedler whips up excitement through careful pacing, dynamic control, balance, and articulation, not through tempo extremes (although much of this program does move at a good clip). In other words, Fiedler has fun with this music by taking it seriously.


This is part of RCA?s latest batch of SACD reissues of old Living Stereo material. The three-track recordings date from 1958?59; the bass lacks the last bit of realism and presence of a modern production, but the instruments are precisely positioned across a wide soundstage. The acoustic space is a bit dry, though not as dry as Mercury?s American recordings of similar vintage. All in all, it?s hard to resist.


FANFARE: James Reel
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Works on This Recording

1.
In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Length: 13 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Prince Igor: Overture by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 10 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Gayaneh: Lullaby by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5.
Gayaneh: Lezghinka by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6.
Gayaneh: Dance of the Rose Maidens by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7.
Gayaneh: Dance of the Young Kurds by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
8.
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
9.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
10.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Polonaise by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
11.
Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: no 7, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
12.
Masquerade: Galop by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
13.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 11 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1869 - 1887). 

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 IRRESTISTIBLE! April 4, 2014 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "The ArkivMusic reviewer does a good job of explaining the technical details of this recording, I simply want to stress the sheer enjoyment to be had when listening. My all time favorite Russian Easter Overture is the crowning glory on this disc, but it's filled with distinctive musical delicacies!" Report Abuse
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