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Rimsky-korsakov, Borodin / Dorati, Lso


Release Date: 11/09/2004 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 000339136   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovAlexander Borodin
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

This SACD presents a new three-channel mix--something that was not offered by the disc's original producer--of these 1956-'59 Mercury Living Presence recordings. The two-channel version (also included on the disc) brings a noticeable improvement in clarity and presence over previous issues, as if a layer of gauze had been removed from the speakers, and it interestingly remains a more natural listening experience than the three-channel alternative. The slightly (artificially?) increased dynamic range adds to the illusion of realism while also exposing the limitations of the 40-something-year-old tapes--mainly high-frequency saturation at the
Read more percussion-drenched opening of Capriccio espagnol.


The primary concern however, remains the music, and Antal Dorati's vibrant, colorful performances, with stunning playing from the London Symphony Orchestra (the sweetly swooning strings in Le Coq d'Or; the brazen brass in the Russian Easter Overture; the gorgeous woodwinds in the Polovtsian Dances) should be reason enough to purchase this disc.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1959 
Venue:  Live  Walthamstow Town Hall, England 
2.
Golden Cockerel: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1956 
Venue:  Live  Walthamstow Town Hall, England 
3.
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1959 
Venue:  Live  Walthamstow Town Hall, England 
4.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1956 
Venue:  Live  Walthamstow Town Hall, England 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1869 - 1887). 

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