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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Borodin / Beecham, RPO


Release Date: 05/04/1999 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 66998   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovAlexander Borodin
Performer:  Steven Staryk
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraBeecham Choral Society
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Beecham Choral Society/Sir Thomas Beecham. EMI Classics CDC 47717 [with Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherazade] (Polovtsian Dances recorded 1956).

Sir Thomas Beecham was noted for his sympathetic approach to showpieces. His recording of this one comes without the “Dance of the Maidens” that usually opens the excerpt, and with a chorus (singing in English, though the words are pretty hard to pick out). It shows its age in the treble, but serves as a lovely reminder of Beecham’s unique artistry. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Beecham Choral Society/Sir Thomas Beecham. EMI Classics CDC 47717 [with Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherazade] (Polovtsian Dances recorded 1956).

Sir Thomas Beecham was noted for his sympathetic approach to showpieces. His recording of this one comes without the “Dance of the Maidens” that usually opens the excerpt, and with a chorus (singing in English, though the words are pretty hard to pick out). It shows its age in the treble, but serves as a lovely reminder of Beecham’s unique artistry. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Steven Staryk (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 45 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beecham Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/10/1956 
Venue:  Studio 1, EMI Abbey Road Studiod, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1869 - 1887). 

Sound Samples

Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1999 Digital Remaster): The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1999 Digital Remaster): The Story of the Kalender Prince
Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1999 Digital Remaster): The Young Prince and the Young Princess
Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1999 Digital Remaster): Festival at Baghdad - The Sea - The Ship goes to pieces on a Rock surmounted by a Bronze Warrior
Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor, Act II) (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Introduction: Andantino
Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor, Act II) (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Allegro vivo
Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor, Act II) (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Allegro
Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor, Act II) (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Presto
Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor, Act II) (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Moderato all breve
Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor, Act II) (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Presto
Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor, Act II) (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Allegro con spirito

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Good but not great. April 26, 2013 By E. Fisch (Granada Hills, CA) See All My Reviews "I bought this recording in this format some time ago. The sound is good, but the stereo is backwards! Somebody wasn't checking the output. The performance is fine but I think just average. The Goossens on Everest (long gone) and the Reiner on RCA are much more exciting and in better overall sound." Report Abuse
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