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Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Tchaikovsky / Muti, Et Al

Release Date: 08/13/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 74751   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Norman Carol
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This performance of Scheherazade remains one of the finer modern versions, sumptuous as might be expected from Philadelphia, but with an extra rhythmic edge thanks to Muti's insistence on precision and accuracy. There are numerous instrumental touches to delight the connoisseur, from the elegant woodwind solos in the second movement to the prominent open fifths thrumming under the flute arabesques in the finale's central section. The only fault lies in the recording, which seriously lacks deep bass but otherwise captures the proceedings faithfully. The 1812 Overture, another thrilling performance alive with excitement, suffers from the opposite problem. An early digital effort, it tends toward fierceness on top and heaviness on the bottom, Read more but it's still a lot better than most other 1812s, and the climaxes do pack a serious wallop. On musical grounds alone, there's no doubt about it: this one's a keeper.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Norman Carol (Violin)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1982 
Venue:  The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 45 Minutes 21 Secs. 
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1981 
Venue:  The Old Met, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 15 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Scheherazade, Op.35: I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
Scheherazade, Op.35: II. The Story of the Kalendar Prince
Scheherazade, Op.35: III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
Scheherazade, Op.35: IV. The Festival at Baghdad - The Sea - The Ship goes to pieces on a Rock summounted by a Bronze Warrior
1812 Op. 49

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