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Herman Krebbers, Amsterdam RCO, Kirill Kondrashin - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1980)

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Herman Krebbers, Amsterdam RCO, Kirill Kondrashin - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1980)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1980)
Herman Krebbers, solo violin; Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; Kirill Kondrashin, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 400 021-2 | Time: 00:44:21

Even with 15 other versions of Rimsky's masterpiece of orchestral virtuosity to choose from — some in the top flight — this was recognized from the first as one of the most rewarding, thanks largely to Krebbers's exceptionally sweet, gently appealing and bewitching personification of the story - spinning Scheherazade and to Kondrashin's skill in pacing and shaping movements as a whole, relating the diverse tempos and building up tension and dynamics by careful control so as to create climaxes of thrilling intensity and power. the 'shipwreck' finale, in particular, was overwhelming; and this was achieved without resorting to the ultra - fast tempos adopted by some conductors to whip up excitement. The Concertgebouw's crisp, sonorous and sensitive playing (full marks both to the splendid strings and to the wind soloists) was caught with the utmost fidelity; but the Compact Disc's total exclusion even of minimal extraneous background now marks a still further improvement, as can be judged by the dead silence against which Scheherazade's pleadings are heard. The final coda is ravishingly beautiful.

Alexander Lasarev, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre - Rimsky-Korsakov: Mlada (2010/1989)

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Alexander Lasarev, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre - Rimsky-Korsakov: Mlada (2010/1989)

Alexander Lasarev, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre - Rimsky-Korsakov: Mlada (2010/1989)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Русский (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.36 Gb (DVD9) | 157 min
Classical | TEN Video | Sub.: Deutsch, English

Pokrovsky's acclaimed production, a story of early Slavs prior to christian conversion, captures the essence of the Bolshoi's traditions of drama and realism. It is complemented by Andrei Petrov's inspired choreography.

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, David Zinman - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Great Orchestral Works (1994) 2CDs

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Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, David Zinman - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Great Orchestral Works (1994) 2CDs

Rimsky-Korsakov: Great Orchestral Works (1994) 2CDs
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Zinman

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 583 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 300 Mb | Scans ~ 101 Mb
Classical | Label: Philips | # 442 605-2 | Time: 02:21:21

Rimsky-Korsakov is universally acknowledged as a great master of the orchestra. He even wrote a textbook on the subject consisting entirely of examples from his own music! He needed some sort of pictorial or literary stimulus to really get his imagination going, however. His "abstract pieces," like Symphonies No. 1 and 3, are comparative failures specifically because he believed that symphonic thought was incompatible with orchestral brilliance (he wasn't the only Romantic composer to succumb to that fallacy). So all of his best music is either obviously illustrative, or taken from one of his colorful "fairy tale" operas. This two-disc set gives you an excellent selection of works of both types at a great price.

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Vladimir Galusin - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko [2006/1994]

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Vladimir Galusin - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko [2006/1994]

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Vladimir Galusin - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko [2006/1994]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Русский (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.56 Gb (DVD9) | 174 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

“Gergiev conducts a sweeping performance, with a typically superb cast of the Kirov's revival years, full of rising stars - Diadkova, Ognovenko, Bezzubenkov and the superb character tenor Gassiev. Charming also is the staging, reproduced from airy, painterly 1920s sets. Museum opera, maybe; but then museums are there to preserve treasures. And this is an absolute gem.”(Music Magazine)

Noriko Ogawa, Malaysian PO, Kees Bakels - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol; Piano Concerto; Sadko, etc (2004)

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Noriko Ogawa, Malaysian PO, Kees Bakels - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol; Piano Concerto; Sadko, etc (2004)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol; Piano Concerto; Sadko;
The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Suite; Russian Easter Festival Overture (2004)
Noriko Ogawa (piano); Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; Kees Bakels, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1387 | Time: 01:16:40

One major popular composer of Romantic orchestral music whose work, outside of his ubiquitous symphonic suite Scheherazade, is not terribly over-recorded is Russia's Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. That, and a tendency toward what for him was an "orientalist" strain in harmonic practice and orchestration, makes Rimsky-Korsakov an ideal choice for the recordings on BIS of a relatively new ensemble, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1997 by conductor Kees Bakels. It is a testament to the skill of Bakels as an orchestra builder that he has raised such a fine musical organization in just eight years. Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol is intended as a follow-up to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra's recording of Scheherazade, already issued, and as an added bonus, the great Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa joins the orchestra as guest in Rimsky-Korsakov's all-too-seldom-heard Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, Op. 30. The music, recorded at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Hall in Kuala Lumpur, is both very well played and recorded. The Capriccio Espagnol gets off to a great start, with Bakels the orchestra is strongly sympathetic to the piece, though careful ears can pick out some raggedy ensemble in the last section. Ogawa alone is enough to make the Piano Concerto shine, and thankfully Bakels provides comfortable and gracious support to Ogawa's magisterial artistry.

Li-Wei Qin, Michael Halász, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Russian Cello Concertos (2019)

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Li-Wei Qin, Michael Halász, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Russian Cello Concertos (2019)

Li-Wei Qin, Michael Halász, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Russian Cello Concertos: Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 70:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.573860 | Recorded: 2017

Russian composers have made a significant contribution to the repertoire of music for cello and orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, deftly scored for an 18th-century orchestra, reveals his admiration for Mozart whereas the Pezzo capriccioso is full of ripe charm. in the year of Tchaikovsky’s death, Rimsky-Korsakov composed the attractive Serenade, Op. 37 and his student, Glazunov, both absorbed and continued the great Romantic lineage with his own sonorous and beautiful Concerto ballata, the poignant Chant du ménestrel, and the iberian evocations of the Sérénade espagnole from Deux Morceaux.

Simon Trpčeski - Tales from Russia: Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov (2019)

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Simon Trpčeski - Tales from Russia: Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov (2019)

Simon Trpčeski - Tales from Russia: Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 200 Mb | Total time: 65:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Onyx ‎| ONYX 4191 | Recorded: 2018

Simon Trpčeski presents a fascinating programme of Russian classics, two of which are heard in unfamiliar guises as works for solo piano - Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain, in the arrangement by Rimsky and then the latter’s Sheherazade. The programme starts with Prokofiev’s delightful Tales of the Old Grandmother. Trpčeski’s new album is a pianistic tour de force and will delight pianophiles.

Duo Trenkner-Speidel - Rimsky-Korsakov, Honegger, Ravel: Transcriptions for Piano 4 Hands (2010)

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Duo Trenkner-Speidel - Rimsky-Korsakov, Honegger, Ravel: Transcriptions for Piano 4 Hands (2010)

Duo Trenkner-Speidel - Rimsky-Korsakov, Honegger, Ravel: Transcriptions for Piano 4 Hands (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 68:39 | 238 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG | Catalog: MDG3301616

Unlike many piano arrangements, all these pieces have been arranged by the composers themselves for four hands. The Piano Duo Trenkner-Speidel presents these arrangements in authentic interpretations on a sonorous Steinway concert grand piano from 1901. Evelinde Trenkner and Sontraud Speidel have recorded a whole series of CDs on MDG exhibiting their perfect symbiosis.

Sviatoslav Richter - Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Sviatoslav Richter Melodiya Edition, Vol. 8) (1995)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Sviatoslav Richter Melodiya Edition, Vol. 8) (1995)

Sviatoslav Richter - Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Sviatoslav Richter Melodiya Edition, Vol. 8) (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:01 | 334 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | Catalog: 29468

These early recordings (1950-52) were made while Sviatoslav Richter was still playing this kind of virtuoso Russian music, an area he largely abandoned later in his life. If you enjoy the trivial Rimsky and Glazunov concertos, you'll get a real kick out of the colorful virtuosity of these performances, pretty well conveyed by the recordings although they don't really do justice to Richter's tone. But Richter did make another recording of the Prokofiev, with Karel Ancerl, which is currently available on Supraphon and has a much better orchestra. In either case, the pianist gives this insouciant music all the juice it needs.

Anima Eterna, Jos van Immerseel - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Borodine (2005)

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Anima Eterna, Jos van Immerseel - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Borodine (2005)

Anima Eterna, Jos van Immerseel - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Borodine (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:16:12 | 367 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | Catalog: 50502

I wouldn’t have thought the world was anxiously waiting for a historically informed performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade . Written in 1888 and a masterpiece of orchestration, it would seem that this was one work that really cries out for the full resources of a modern symphony orchestra. So I was surprised when I saw a listing for this new recording with the Bruges-based period-instrument ensemble, Anima Eterna. Despite all the heat generated in some quarters, I remain fairly neutral regarding H.I.P., seeing it neither as the salvation of music from 20th-century excesses nor as the death of music through formalism. At their best, H.I.P. performances throw a different light on the overly familiar.

Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - R.Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel; Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade (2007/1965,1982)

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Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - R.Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel; Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade (2007/1965,1982)

Sergiu Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance - R.Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel; Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade (2007/1965,1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.07 Gb (DVD9) | 104 min
Classical | EuroArts | Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

Sergiu Celibidache (1912-1996) has been called a "musical giant", a "magician" "a brilliant lion-tamer" and an enfant terrible of classical music. These films from 1965 and 1982 are among the very few visual records we have of the legendary rehearsal work of this highly charismatic Maestro; they provide a unique insight into his Stuttgart years, bringing to light the marvels he achieved with the Radio Orchestra, which he conducted from 1971-1983. Celibidache was a master Straussian and his reading of the symphonic tale Till Eulenspiegel ranks among the best recordings available. His version of Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade is full of sensuality and subtlety. Both documents last almost an hour - they give today's listeners an exclusive opportunity to observe Celibidache in rehearsal and concert, making it a must for lovers of symphonic music.

Mark Lubotsky - Russian Violin Concertos: Arensky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky (1998)

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Mark Lubotsky - Russian Violin Concertos: Arensky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky (1998)

Mark Lubotsky - Russian Violin Concertos: Arensky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:26 | 350 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Globe Records | Catalog: 5174

This album of Russian violin concertos does what many modern orchestras do when programming concert repertoire. That is, feature one quite famous work (in this case, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto) to draw in more tentative patrons, then throw in a few less well-known but still deserving pieces (in this case, the Arensky and Rimsky-Korsakov). This approach is both effective and appropriate. The programming of these three composers is also historically intelligent; Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov were contemporaries, and Arensky was one of Rimsky-Korsakov's many successful students.

Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Myung-whun Chung - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Stravinsky: L'Oiseau de Feu (1994)

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Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Myung-whun Chung - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Stravinsky: L'Oiseau de Feu (1994)

Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Myung-whun Chung - Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Stravinsky: L'Oiseau de Feu (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:02:28 | 292 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 4378182

This twenty-year-old release comes from a time when Myung-whun Chung, a surprise appointment to the new Opera Bastille, suddenly emerged on DG as their leading French conductor. He comes from Korea's first family of classical music and was a gifted, prize-winning pianist before taking to the podium. It's very worthwhile to backtrack and find his early CDs - they are often of very high quality even if they have more or less sliped through the cracks.

Dmitri Kitajenko, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (1996)

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Dmitri Kitajenko, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (1996)

Dmitri Kitajenko, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3, Capriccio espagnol, Russian Easter Overture, Sadko, Piano Concerto (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 617 Mb | Total time: 77:06+79:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 7029(2) | Recorded: 1993, 1994

Chandos’ Rimsky-Korsakov symphony cycle effectively steals the thunder from Neeme Järvi’s set on Deutsche Grammophon. Dmitri Kitajenko’s grittier and bolder readings better present the music. While Järvi luxuriates in Gothenberg’s smooth sonorities, Kitajenko draws more stark sounds from his Bergen Philharmonic players. This is especially telling in the Antar Symhony (which Rimsky-Korsaskov later published as a “symphonic suite”) where Kitajenko’s gruff approach makes the second movement’s growling argument more forbidding.

Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Rimsky-Korsakov: Works for Orchestra (2007)

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Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Rimsky-Korsakov: Works for Orchestra (2007)

Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Rimsky-Korsakov: Works for Orchestra (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 74:32 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10424 | Recorded: 2000

Vassily Sinaisky is on home territory here, and brings plenty of fizz to the old war-horse [Capriccio Espagnol]. Overtures to the Maid of Pskov and the Tsar’s Bride are here with the Fairy Tale Legend, The Sinfonitetta on Russian Themes and a short skirmish with Finiculi-Finicula. Rimsky always writes (or borrows) a good tune, and is a colourful orchestrator, and, with the first-class Chandos sound, the music gives much greater pleasure than might be expected.
–Liverpool Daily Poste