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Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Rodigo: Concierto De Aranjuez

Rimsky-korsakov / Romero / Mcadams
Release Date: 04/09/2013 
Label:  Helicon   Catalog #: 9662   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovJoaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Angel RomeroIlya Konovalov
Conductor:  Ryan McAdams
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade. RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjeuz Ryan McAdams, cond; Israel PO; Angel Romero (gtr) HELICON 9662 (69:22) Live. Tel Aviv 5/11/12 & 5/13/12

When I received this CD, my initial reaction was, “Oh no, not another Scheherazade !” By the time the first movement had ended, my reaction was “Who on earth is Ryan McAdams?”

My astonishment did not abate as Read more the performance progressed, either. I am trying not to get too carried away but I think this is a magnificent Scheherazade , beautifully paced, beautifully played, beautifully recorded, and full of delightful individual details. The producer chose to move in fairly close but I never got the feeling that the orchestra was in my face or that the conductor was getting a lot of microphonic assistance. Playing? Listen to the precision with which the orchestra dispatches the flashier passages of the “Storm at Sea” and the supple, expressive wind playing throughout. McAdams is also no literalist—there’s a point toward the climax of “The Young Prince and the Young Princess” where he jumps the violins an octave for emphasis, an option also chosen, if I recall correctly by Foster, Haitink, and Ormandy. It works. At least I know one thing that’s going on the dreaded November/December Want List.

I once heard the Concierto de Aranjuez played by Pepe Romero, a member of the celebrated “first family of the guitar,” but it was at Symphony Hall, Boston, and the acoustic guitar was not really powerful enough to satisfy one who learned the work on recordings—it was an unequal partner with the orchestra. That’s certainly not a problem for his brother, Angel, for this recording seems to place him about 15 feet from you and makes the guitar an equal partner. It may not be “real” but it works just fine and you can marvel at every virtuoso flourish. Fortunately, Angel’s technique can stand such close scrutiny and you’ll hear what he wants you to hear, since he isn’t a noisy guitarist. The Rodrigo concerto may be an odd coupling, but, given this level of performance, it isn’t much of an anticlimax.

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Works on This Recording

Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Angel Romero (Guitar), Ilya Konovalov (Violin)
Conductor:  Ryan McAdams
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Venue:  Live  Smolarz Auditorium, Tel Aviv University 
Length: 47 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Angel Romero (Guitar)
Conductor:  Ryan McAdams
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Spain 
Venue:  Live  Smolarz Auditorium, Tel Aviv University 
Length: 21 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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