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Rimsky-Korsakov: Overtures & Suites From The Operas


Release Date: 06/27/2006 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10369   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chandos has wisely reduced this original, expensive three-disc set to a moderately priced twofer, without losing any music at all. The performances are wonderful: this recording was made in the first flush of Neeme Järvi's relationship with Chandos, when their recordings with the Scottish National Orchestra were winning accolades the world over for their sonic brilliance. At the time, much of this music was also difficult to find (particularly the suites from Christmas Eve and The Invisible City of Kitezh), and so were additionally welcome in such glittering interpretations. Even now they hold up extremely well: Järvi's strength always was his willingness to let the orchestra cut loose in the big moments, especially the march Read more music in Le coq d'or, or the Dance of the Tumblers from The Snow Maiden. Also as usual, the string playing lacks that last ounce of precision and rhythmic clarity (the galloping rhythms in Christmas Eve, for example), but few will complain. BIS's ongoing series of Rimsky's orchestral music with the Malaysian Philharmonic has even finer sonics, but if you're looking for just the opera suites, you can hardly do better than this.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. May Night: Overture by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
2. Snow Maiden: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880/1895; Russia 
3. Christmas Eve: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
4. Mlada: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
5. Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Russia 
6. Golden Cockerel: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
7. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
8. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Tsar's farewell and departure by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
9. Tale of Tsar Saltan Op. 57: Suite, Op 57 - Tsarina in a barrel at sea by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
10. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - The three wonders by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 

Featured Sound Samples

The Snow Maiden: Suite: IV. Dance of the Tumblers

Sound Samples

May Night: Overture
The Snow Maiden Suite: I. Beautiful Spring
The Snow Maiden Suite: II. Dance of the Birds
The Snow Maiden Suite: III. The Procession of Tsar Berendey
The Snow Maiden Suite: IV. Dance of the Tumblers
Mlada Suite: I. Introduction
Mlada Suite: II. Redowa - A Bohemian Dance
Mlada Suite: III. Lithuanian Dance
Mlada Suite: IV. Indian Dance
Mlada Suite: VI. Procession of the Nobles
Christmas Eve: I. Christmas Night -
Christmas Eve: II. Ballet of the Stars -
Christmas Eve: III. Witches' sabbath and ride on the Devil's back -
Christmas Eve: IV. Polonaise -
Christmas Eve: V. Vakula and the slippers
Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: I. Tsar's departure and farewell
Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: II. Tsarina adrift at sea in a barrel
Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: III. The 3 wonders
Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: The : Flight of the Bumble Bee
The Tale of the Invisible City of Kitzeh Suite: I. Prelude: A Hymn to Nature
The Tale of the Invisible City of Kitzeh Suite: II. Wedding Procession
The Tale of the Invisible City of Kitzeh Suite: III. Tartar invasion and Battle of Kerzhenets
The Tale of the Invisible City of Kitzeh Suite: IV. Death of Fevroniya and apotheosis of the Invisible City
The Golden Cockerel Suite: I. Introduction and Dodon's sleep
The Golden Cockerel Suite: II. King Dodon on the battlefield
The Golden Cockerel Suite: III. Queen of Shemakha's Dance - King Dodon's Dance
The Golden Cockerel Suite: IV. Wedding Feast - Death of King Dodon - Finale

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