Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade Op.35, Capriccio espagnol Op.34 (2011)

Rimsky-Korsakov

Russian National Orchestra

Carlo Ponti

The last three symphonies by Pjotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky are classic examples of the Russian symphonic tradition. However, although these works definitely contain Russian elements, the critics who claim that Tchaikovsky was first influenced and moulded by the German and French styles are certainly correct. The truly Russian style was not so much developed by Tchaikovsky as by the composers of the so-called “Mighty Handful” (or the “Mighty Five”). Michael Glinka staged the first Russian folk drama with his opera Ivan Susanin and astonished the audience in St. Petersburg at the première. The work was labelled “coachman’s” music, yet although the term was intended as an insult, Glinka felt highly flattered: “This was excellently phrased, and even very true; for, in my opinion, coachmen are smarter than the aristocracy”. And that provided the upbeat to a new musical movement, in which folk music would form the basis for the music written for the opera and the concert hall. To quote Glinka again: “The people create the music, and we composers simply arrange it”.

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Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and is today recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras.  Maintaining an active international tour schedule, the RNO appears throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, and is a frequent visitor to major festivals such as Edinburgh, Shanghai and the BBC Proms.  The orchestra presents its own RNO Grand Festival each September to open the Moscow season, and is founding orchestra of Festival del Sole, held every July in California’s Napa Valley.

RNO concerts are regularly aired on National Public Radio in the United States, the European Broadcasting Union, and Russia's Kultura channel.  The orchestra's critically acclaimed discography, launched with a 1991 CD cited as the best recording of Tchaikovsky’s Pathéthiquein history, now numbers more than 80 recordings, with conductors that include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko and Carlo Ponti. 

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Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade Op.35, Capriccio espagnol Op.34 (2011)

Rimsky-Korsakov

Russian National Orchestra

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It's hard to imagine more delightful showpieces than Scheherazade and Capriccio espagñol, two dazzling masterworks by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov that are among his most popular creations. Carlo Ponti's exceptional conducting, the Russian National Orchestra's sumptuous playing, and PentaTone Classic's fantastic Multichannel DSD sound combine to make this a dream DSD recording for any audiophile and a great demo for anyone who wants to show off high-end audio equipment. But beyond the obvious advantages of this package in terms of performance and recording excellence, the music itself is the biggest draw. Scheherazade is a symphonic suite based upon the "1,001 Arabian Nights," and Rimsky-Korsakov employed all of his orchestral ingenuity to create this richly imaginative score, regarded by some as the composer's best purely instrumental work. Capriccio espagñol is a tour de force of sparkling colors and melodies redolent of Spain, and it has been a hit with audiences ever since its premiere in 1887. To fill out the rest of the program, Ponti has included the jaunty Neapolitan Song, which Rimsky-Korsakov arranged on "Funniculì, Funniculà." This superb album is highly recommended. 5-Star Rating.

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Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade Op.35, Capriccio espagnol Op.34 (2011)

Rimsky-Korsakov

Russian National Orchestra

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Roger de Schot, Erdo Groot
Recording location: DZZ Studio 5, Moscow
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Scheherezade Op. 35 - The Sea and Sindbad's ship
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Scheherezade Op. 35 - The Tale of Prince Kalendar
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Scheherezade Op. 35 - The Young Prince and the Young Princess
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Scheherezade Op. 35 - The Festival at Bagdad
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Capriccio espagnol Op. 34 - Alborado
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Capriccio espagnol Op. 34 - Variazioni
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Capriccio espagnol Op. 34 - Alborado (reprise)
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Capriccio espagnol Op. 34 - Scena e canto gitano
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Capriccio espagnol Op. 34 - Fandango asturiano
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Neapolitan Song Op. 63
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