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Release Date: 08/14/2001 
Label:  Emi Seraphim Catalog #: 74518   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  André CluytensLovro von MatacicEfrem KurtzPaul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This intelligently compiled bargain reissue demonstrates the strength of both Rimsky-Korsakov's music on disc (when was the last time you saw a live performance of either opera suite?), and EMI's "second string" of conductors in the late 1950s and early '60s. The quartet of Kletzki, Cluytens, von Matacic, and Kurtz delivers an excellent series of performances, unified by the superb playing of the vintage Philharmonia. Von Matacic's Russian Easter Overture in particular makes a welcome reappearance, complete with extra chimes at the final peroration and some fabulously sonorous trombones. Cluyten's Capriccio Espagnol hasn't the sheer excitement of Bernstein's but he indulges the gorgeous orchestration with epicurean relish and a sure sense Read more of style. The Kletzki and Kurtz recordings of the opera suites have been mainstays of the Rimsky discography for 40 years now, and probably will be for the next 40. Essential.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Golden Cockerel: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  André Cluytens,  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 

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