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Westminster - Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov / Scherchen


Release Date: 06/12/2001 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471215   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Rudolf Streng
Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Judging by the recent crop of reissues and historic broadcast performances, there are still many recordings from the Fifties that deserve wider dissemination... A[n] unaffected approach is manifested in HERMANN SCHERCHEN’s 1957 Westminster recordings with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra of two Russian orchestral showpieces – Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Neither performance has that extra degree of high-voltage passion one finds in more self-consciously virtuosic or hard-driven interpretations. Some may find this a disadvantage, but Scherchen’s capacity to allow the music to speak for itself deserves admiration.

-- BBC Music Magazine
Judging by the recent crop of reissues and historic broadcast performances, there are still many recordings from the Fifties that deserve wider dissemination... A[n] unaffected approach is manifested in HERMANN SCHERCHEN’s 1957 Westminster recordings with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra of two Russian orchestral showpieces – Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Neither performance has that extra degree of high-voltage passion one finds in more self-consciously virtuosic or hard-driven interpretations. Some may find this a disadvantage, but Scherchen’s capacity to allow the music to speak for itself deserves admiration.

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Rudolf Streng (Violin)
Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 46 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2. 1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1957 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 15 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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