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Rimsky-Korsakov: Great Orchestral Works / Zinman


Release Date: 02/21/1995 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 442605   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Roberta Alexander
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic OrchestraRotterdam Philharmonic Women's Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These two discs have brought together almost all the pieces conventionally used as fillers after recordings of Sheherazade. But in the absence of the masterpiece itself, this music, for all its exotic orchestration and easy tunefulness, has something of a second division feel about it. The flamboyant Capriccio espagnol is naturally excluded from such a sweeping generalisation. The Tsar Saltan Suite (which sensibly but improperly includes ‘The Flight of the Bumble-bee’) is unusually rich and atmospheric in this performance, as is Antar (or Symphony No. 2), whose haunting motto theme has been following me around ever since.

-- Christopher Lambton, BBC Music Magazine
These two discs have brought together almost all the pieces conventionally used as fillers after recordings of Sheherazade. But in the absence of the masterpiece itself, this music, for all its exotic orchestration and easy tunefulness, has something of a second division feel about it. The flamboyant Capriccio espagnol is naturally excluded from such a sweeping generalisation. The Tsar Saltan Suite (which sensibly but improperly includes ‘The Flight of the Bumble-bee’) is unusually rich and atmospheric in this performance, as is Antar (or Symphony No. 2), whose haunting motto theme has been following me around ever since.

-- Christopher Lambton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Roberta Alexander (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
2.
May Night: Overture by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
3.
Sadko, Op. 5 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1892; Russia 
Notes: Ver: 2nd (1869) 
4.
Snow Maiden: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Women's Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880/1895; Russia 
5.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
6.
Golden Cockerel: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
7.
Symphony no 2, Op. 9 "Antar" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1875; Russia 
8.
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 

Sound Samples

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
Overture "May Night"
Sadko, Op.5 - A Musical Picture
The Snow Maiden - Suite: 1. Introduction
The Snow Maiden - Suite: 2. Dance of the Birds (Danse des oiseaux)
The Snow Maiden - Suite: 3. Cortège
The Snow Maiden - Suite: 4. Dance of the Tumblers (Danse des bouffons)
The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite: 1. Tsar's Farewell and Departure
The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite: 2. Tsarina in a Barrel at Sea
The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite: 3. The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee
The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite: 4. The Three Wonders
The Golden Cockerel - Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Shteynberg (1883-1946): 1. Tsar Dodon in his Palace
The Golden Cockerel - Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Shteynberg (1883-1946): 2. Tsar Dodon on Campaign
The Golden Cockerel - Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Shteynberg (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. Shteynberg (1883-1946): 4. The Wedding and Lamentable End of Dodon
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
Russian Easter Festival, Overture, Op.36

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