Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Beecham|
Scheherazade / Polovtsian Dances
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Quite simply the best ever.
William Mealiffe | Richmond, CA United States | 11/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is hard to believe that in rank of sales, this wonderful recording of Scheherazade ranks 65th out of 86. Beecham's recording of Scheherazade has not been out of print ever since it was first released in 1958. It is quite simply by far the best recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's finest work. The sound quality of the recording is excellent. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays fabulously well, and Beecham brings out all of the mystery, sensuality and barbarism that used to be associatedwith the Orient. The notes that come with the recording describe it best: "extraordinarily charismatic". It is not an exaggeration. No one does the violin solos better than concertmaster Steven Staryk, and Jack Brymer's clarinet solos are also brillant. This recording will rise to the top of the charts again.As a bonus, this CD also has the best recording of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances ever made. Unlike most recordings of these dances, excerpted from "Prince Igor", it includes the choral voices just as they are in the opera."
John T. Blake | 01/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Beecham gives a very solid performance of Scheherazade, and I have no complaints. The recording is a little dated, however, and there are recordings of more recent origin having better technical sound quality. I partucularly like the newer release of Scheherazade by Philips, with Valery Gergiev conducting the Kirov Opera Orchestra."