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Philips 50 - Rimsky-korsakov, Et Al / Kondrashin, Et Al

Release Date: 07/10/2001 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464735   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovAlexander Borodin
Performer:  Herman Krebbers
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Scheherazade has long been one of the work’s reference recordings. I do wish we could hear the tam-tam in the finale climax, but that lacuna aside there’s nothing here to criticize: amazing playing, particularly from the woodwind soloists, and a conductor who perfectly balances lusciousness (first and third movements) with virtuosity and excitement (second and fourth). It’s just wonderful. The Borodin, though, taken from a live performance, is less memorable: quite good, but not really on the same level either interpretively or sonically. After the conductor’s death, Philips released a pile of live Kondrashin material, some of which was excellent, but most of which was pretty forgettable. This was hardly the worst of it, but neither Read more was it the best. Still, it makes a nice bonus to the Rimsky-Korsakov, which remains the star of the show.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com [4/2011] Reviewing original release
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Works on This Recording

Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Herman Krebbers (Violin)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1979 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 44 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Symphony no 2 in B minor by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1980 
Venue:  Live  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 27 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Scheherazade, Op.35: The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
Scheherazade, Op.35: The Story of the Calender Prince
Scheherazade, Op.35: The Young Prince and the Young Princess
Scheherazade, Op.35: Festival at Bagdad - The Sea - The Shipwreck against a rock surmounted by a bronze warrior (The Shipwreck)
Symphony No.2 in B minor: 1. Allegro
Symphony No.2 in B minor: 2. Scherzo (Prestissimo - Allegretto - Tempo I)
Symphony No.2 in B minor: 3. Andante
Symphony No.2 in B minor: 4. Finale (Allegro)

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