Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Cgo|
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A new reference recording of Scheherazade
Francis Gagnon | Montreal, Canada | 11/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What makes a reference recording? First, a great rendition of the material. Second, great sound and finally, lasting appeal. This one has it all.The interpretation of the material by the Concertgebouw Orchestra proves that Kirill Kondrashin captured the essence of the Thousand and One Nights. He tells us a story about adventure, love and magic through the music.The balance between the festive and more dramatic parts is superb. Surprisingly, the full interpretation runs 44:16 even though it seems, at first, that it is played rather rapidly (to a rare loss of control even). But the accent on the more majestuous parts of it, make it clock at the average length of Scheherazade renditions.As for the sound, it is incredible. Philips has done a phenomenal job at restoring this already acclaimed recording. The 96kHz 24-BIT process proves to be first rate. The placement of the instruments in the orchestra is even better that with the previous release of the material. The winds section sounds great and the brass section full. A MUST for any audiophile. The only thing they could not fix is the almost imperceptible click between takes during the conclusion. Many people might not even notice.As for the lasting appeal, you will be coming back to this one time and time again. It is not a coincidence that Scheherazade has been recorded time and time again. It is because it is an all time favorite. It will become one of yours after listening to this performance.Lets not forget about Borodin though. Too often, Scheherazade has been matched with the Capriccio Espagnol. This recording matches it with Borodin's Symphony No.2. Great choice! The dynamics of the piece will wake you up for sure. Some may find it a bit to aggressive, but for my part, I find it to be very well suited to complement Scheherazade. The only quirk is that it is a live rendition of the symphony. Some might not like to hear people coughing and moving. The symphony also benefits a little less from the remastering process, but chances are you will buy it for the extraordinary rendition of Scheherazade anyway...You might also want to check EMI Great Recordings of the Century. Scheherazade by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Beecham. It gets second place on my list.Enjoy!"
This is it!!
Dr S.Gustafsson | Stockholm;Sweden | 08/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This version of Sheherazade is the one to go for. It has since it was released on LP in 1980 always been my favorit version. I have countless of other versions( i love this work)including Reiner,Mackerras,Muti,Temirkanov,Beecham,Karajan etc, and i can honestly say that no other version have such great and natural sonics (with the possibly exception of the new Telarc CD) It`s true that Kondrashin doesnt thinker with the tempos, he`s letting the music speak for itself and by doing so he is creating genuin excitment. Hermann Krebbers portrayal of Sheherezades narrative is equally compelling. A must have disc."
The Finest Scheherazade Recording, Period
John Kwok | New York, NY USA | 08/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kondrashin and the Concertgebouw Orchestra wrought some musical wonders during his all too brief tenure as the orchestra's principal guest conductor. His conducting of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade is the finest I have heard. It is truly a very exciting, riveting performance noted for the exquisite playing of Herman Krebbers' violin. The sound quality may not be the greatest, but don't let that dissuade you from buying this CD (However, I thought it compared favorably to more recent recordings done by Philips and Teldec with Ozawa conducting the Vienna Philharmonic and Barenboim the Chicago Symphony.). The Concertgebouw Orchestra's performance is first-rate, with much warmth and enthusiasm. The same can be said for Kondrashin's reading of Borodin's second symphony."