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Rimsky-Korsakov Edition


Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94369  
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovBedrich SmetanaAnton Rubinstein
Performer:  Sviatoslav RichterNicholas BuschGwydion BrookeJohn McCaw,   ... 
Conductor:  Loris TjeknavorianYondani ButtYevgeny MravinskyKiril Kondrashin,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 25 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Detailing the works of one of Russia’s greatest masters and full of fine, often authentically Russian performances, this fascinating 25-CD release is guaranteed to provide hours of pleasurable listening.

From the orchestral virtuosity of Scheherazade to the poetic beauty of The Snow Maiden, the compilation contains most of the composer’s most famous works. It also features many compositions which have not held the stage or concert hall outside Russia as well as they deserve, such as the little-performed String Sextet and Quintet for Piano and Winds of 1876. The composer’s three symphonies also make an appearance, as do many of his songs - ones that count Tolstoy and Pushkin among their authors.

Perhaps most
Read more importantly the set features several of Rimsky’s operas, from the lesser- known, carnivalesque May Night and Mlada to the late masterpieces, The Invisible City of Kitezh and The Golden Cockerel, which respectively assimilate Wagnerian innovation and anticipate Stravinskian economy of idiom.

Featuring folksong, fairy tale, and bewitching orchestration, this release contains many magical moments, especially in the operas. It exposes all facets of Rimsky- Korsakov’s character and records an important part of performance history, including some of Russia’s greatest singers and ensembles.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Performed by: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Leningrad Philharmonic, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Oistrakh Trio, Loris Tjeknavorian, Yondani Butt, Evgeny Mravinsky, Evgeny Svetlanov and many others.
• A 25-CD survey of Rimsky-Korsakov’s works, featuring chamber music, song, orchestral music and opera.
• Includes booklet notes by the Russian music scholar and journalist David Nice.

Reviews of some of the original recordings that make up this set:

Symphony no 3, Skazka / Yondani Butt

"It may seem strange to us, familiar with Rimsky-Korsakov as a master orchestrator, that his friends in the "mighty handful" circle of composers were strongly critical of the scoring, and of the clogged contrapuntal texture, of his Third Symphony when he showed it to them in 1873. But at that time his first orchestral masterpieces still lay more than a decade in the future: he had only just managed to free himself from the navy, and though he had been working at the symphony, on and off, for seven years, he himself was only too conscious of its weaknesses. As a result, he revised it extensively, and conducted the premiere of its second version in 1886. It is, understandably, this which the LSO has now recorded under the baton of the young Macao-born Canadian conductor Yondani Butt (who, like Borodin, another member of the "mighty handful", is also a research chemist of some international repute). Far less known than Rimsky's other works, and less conspicuously Russian-flavoured except in the vigorous finale, it is perhaps most successful in its inner movements—a scherzo in 5/4 time with a slower Trio of curiously unsettled harmony, and a lyrical, elegant Andante which, however, relies rather too much on sequential treatment. The more often heard Skazka ("Fairy tale"), completed in 1880, is a loosely episodic piece whose appeal lies in its atmosphere of fantasy and its colourful writing rather than in its intrinsic substance."

– Gramophone [9/1955]

The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
"There are few composers of Russian opera, if any, more highly regarded in Russia than Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, mainly known in the West for his flashy, highly programmatic orchestral works such as Capriccio Espagnol and Scheherazade. Some insist that his greatest opera is his 1907 effort The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh; as to "greatest," it has stiff competition from both The Golden Cockerel and The Snow Maiden. However, it is the most spiritual of Rimsky-Korsakov's operas and explores exotic Orientalism most closely of his operas -- there is every reason to know it. For generations, the only recording available anywhere of Kitezh was this monophonic 1956 outing by the soloists here, including Ivan Petrov, Natalia Rozhdestskaya, and the Moscow Radio Chorus and Symphony under Vasily Nebolsin, recorded by Radio Moscow and first issued on MK. It first appeared in the United States in 1961 in a set released by Artia, returned in excerpt form on an Westminster LP, appeared complete again on a Chant du Monde LP set, and still later on CD by the now defunct Italian Arlecchino firm. The Radio Moscow recording benefits from a committed reading from Nebolsin and fabulous singing from the principals."

– Uncle Dave Lewis, All Music Guide

Symphony no 3 / Rozhdestvensky
"The Third Symphony (1873, revised 1884) would seem to be Rimsky's latest and most considerable piece of abstract symphonic writing. The symphony is in so many ways the touchstone of nineteenth-century musical thinking. Even Wagner began his career with one symphony and ended it with thoughts for another. It is always of interest to explore work in this genre by a composer well known in other fields. Rimsky's ideas are as original as his orchestration. Many of his themes seem ideally cast for woodwind sound—gentle, slightly withdrawn—reserving the full ensemble for what might almost be described as choric reprises. Yet how cunningly all this intensely original expression is fitted within the Haydnesque fourmovement symphonic structure. It is unquestionably a work to add much to our knowledge of its composer and appreciation of his stature. The performance seems excellent in every way and the recording, while a bit unresonant, is otherwise mellow and clear."

– Gramophone [2/1973]

Pan Voyevoda
"Svetlanov was the man for the totality of this music – for the processional and the sumptuous, for the glittering and the heady, the musical picture and the sombre portrait, the folk-laced dance and the ballroom swirl. If you want a Man for all Rimsky Seasons then you simply call for Svetlanov."

– Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International

Four Cantatas
"The Rimsky-Korsakov issue is a pleasure throughout offering seldom-heard works of the Russian master which have received few if any previous recordings. Performances surely are authoritative, choral singing is strong and, fortunately, the four female soloists are not typical of the usual Russian wobbly sopranos."

– R.E.B., Classical CD Review [11/2002] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
2. Sadko, Op. 5 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1892; Russia 
3. Sadko: no 4, Song of the Indian Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
4. Tsar's Bride: Overture by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Russia 
5. Fantasia on Serbian themes, Op. 6 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
6. Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 1 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
7. Symphony no 2, Op. 9 "Antar" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1875; Russia 
8. Overture on Russian themes, Op. 28 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1880; Russia 
9. Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 32 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866-1873; Russia 
10. Skazka, Op. 29 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Russia 
11. Golden Cockerel: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
12. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
13. Christmas Eve: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
14. Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Russia 
15. Concerto for Piano in C sharp minor, Op. 30 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1883; Russia 
16. Pan Voyevoda: Suite, Op. 59 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Russia 
17. Trio for Piano and Strings in C minor by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oistrakh Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
18. Quintet for Piano and Winds in B flat major by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Nicholas Busch (French Horn), Gwydion Brooke (Bassoon), John McCaw (Clarinet),
Felicja Blumental (Piano), Gareth Morris (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Wind Ensemble members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Length: 25 Minutes 28 Secs. 
19. Songs (4), Op. 2 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone),
Vladimir Skanavi (Piano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1866; Russia 
20. Songs (4), Op. 3 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
21. Songs (4), Op. 4 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Ilya Scheps (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
22. Songs (4), Op. 7 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano), Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
23. Songs (6), Op. 8 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Ilya Scheps (Piano),
Vladimir Skanavi (Piano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1870; Russia 
24. Songs (2), Op. 25 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Sergey Baikov (Bass), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Ilya Scheps (Piano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870-1876; Russia 
25. Songs (4), Op. 26 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Ilya Scheps (Piano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Russia 
26. Songs (4), Op. 27 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Russia 
27. Songs (4), Op. 39 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
28. Songs (4), Op. 40 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
29. Songs (4), Op. 41 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
30. Songs (4), Op. 42 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
31. In spring, Op. 43 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
32. To the poet, Op. 45 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1899; Russia 
33. By the sea (5), Op. 46 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
34. Songs (4), Op. 50 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Russia 
35. Songs (5), Op. 51 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
36. Songs (4), Op. 55 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Russia 
37. Songs (2), Op. 56 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Russia 
38. Poem about Aleksey, the Man of God, Op. 20 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Choral Academy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Language: Russian 
39. Song of Oleg the Wise, Op. 58 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Dmitri Kortchak (Tenor), Nikolai Didenko (Bass)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Choral Academy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
Language: Russian 
40. Iz Gomera, Op. 60 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Svetlana Sizova (Mezzo Soprano), Tatiana Fedotova (Soprano), Svetlana Luchmanova (Alto)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Choral Academy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Language: Russian 
41. Switezianka, Op. 44 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Elena Mitrakova (Soprano), Dmitri Kortchak (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Choral Academy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
Language: Russian 
42. May Night by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Vitali Tarashchenko (Tenor), Viacheslav Pochapsky (Bass), Maria Lapina (Soprano),
Alexander Arkhipov (Tenor), Elena Okolycheva (Alto), Piotr Glouboky (Bass),
Natalia Erasova (Mezzo Soprano), Nikolai Rechetniak (Baritone)
Conductor:  Andrey Chistiakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Sveshnikov Russian Academic Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1994 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 123 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
43. Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Lyubomir Diakowki (Tenor), Alexandrina Milcheva (Mezzo Soprano), Lyubomir Videnov (Baritone),
Avram Andreev (Tenor), Elena Zemenkova (Soprano), Vessela Zorova (Mezzo Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiuselev (Bass), Stefka Evstatieva (Soprano), Stefka Mineva (Alto)
Conductor:  Stoyan Angelov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian Radio Orchestra,  Bulgarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880/1895; Russia 
44. Mozart and Salieri, Op. 48 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Alexei Maslennikov (Tenor), Yevgeny Nesterenko (Bass)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
45. Boyarinya Vera Sheloga, Op. 54 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Peter Bakardjiev (Bass), Stefka Evstatieva (Soprano), Stefka Mineva (Mezzo Soprano),
Alexandrina Milcheva (Mezzo Soprano), Dimiter Stanchev (Bass)
Conductor:  Stoyan Angelov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Russia 
Language: Russian 
46. Tsar's Bride by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Arkady Mishenkin (Tenor), Vladislav Verestnikov (Baritone), Ekaterina Kudriavchenko (Soprano),
Nina Terentieva (Mezzo Soprano), Vladimir Kudriashov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrey Chistiakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Russia 
47. Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Gennadiy Troirsky (Bass), Dmitri Tarkhov (Tenor), V. Shevtsov (Tenor),
Lidia Melnikova (Mezzo Soprano), Nina Kulagina (Mezzo Soprano), Leonid Ktitorov (Bass),
Maria Zvezdina (Soprano), Tikhon L. Tchernyakoff (Tenor), Vladimir Ivanovsky (Tenor),
Ivan Petrov (Bass), Natalia Rozhdestvenskaya (Soprano), Ilya Bogdanov (Baritone),
Boris Dobrin (Bass), Sergueï N. Koltypin (Bass)
Conductor:  Vassily Nebolssin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Radio Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Moscow, Russia, USSR 
Length: 202 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
48. Songs (2), Op. 49: no 1, The upas tree by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Ivan Petrov (Bass), S. Stuchevski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Moscow, Russia, USSR 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
49. Golden Cockerel by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Emil Ugrinov (Baritone), Elena Stoyanova (Soprano), Lyubomir Diakowki (Tenor),
Nikolai Stoilov (Soprano), Evgenia Babacheva (Alto), Kosta Videv (Bass),
Ljubomir Bodourov (Tenor), Yavora Stoilova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dimiter Manolov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia National Opera Chorus,  Sofia National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 
50. Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 32 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Radio/TV Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866-1873; Russia 
51. Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Nikolai Golovanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 

Customer Reviews

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 Not a bad set, but could have been better thought November 1, 2012 By Mark Stenroos (Aliso Viejo, CA) See All My Reviews "I purchased this set mainly to plug a gap in my CD collection , that gap being Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's complete songs. I also wanted to acquire the operas included in this set to act as alternates to the Gergiev recordings I own on Philips (now on Decca), which are a mixed bag. So far, I'm happy with the operas I've heard. I have to say that I wonder what market Brilliant is going after with this set. A seasoned collector like myself will have their own reasons for purchasing this set, of course. But what about the fledgling collector who is looking to get a big chunk of NRK covered by making a single purchase? Well, he gets most of the operas and the complete songs, along with the symphonies and a number of orchestral and chamber works, which is good. But why include TWO recordings of NRK's most-played piece - Scheherazade - while containing no recordings of NRK's #2- and #3-played orchestral pieces, Capriccio espagnol and Russian Easter Festival Overture? The omission of these two pieces is a MAJOR omission, and one has to wonder who at Brilliant was in charge of selecting the repertoire for this issue. It's a little like being asked to put together a Beethoven edition and forgetting to include the 5th Symphony and the Emperor Concerto. As far as those two Scheherazades go, the newer recording included is Tjeknavorian's early digital effort for ASV, a recording that has always struck me as amateurish and inept. The other Scheherazade fares better, but why not just license in ONE GREAT recording of the piece and leave it at that? Brilliant has licensed from EMI on occasion (their Richard Strauss Collection), so why not included Beecham's famous recording? The set also includes 2 recordings of Symphony 3 but not a note from his opera/ballet Mlada, whose Procession of the Nobles is probably NRK's 4th-best-known piece. Oh well. I was pleased with the Brilliant Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss editions, and that led me to take a chance on this set, which turns out to be not only a mixed bag, but a bag missing more than a few of the beans one expected to find in said bag" Report Abuse
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