Rimsky-Korsakov: Great Orchestral Works

Posted by i kadek Mardika on Friday, March 23, 2012

These two discs have brought together almost all the pieces conventionally used as fillers after recordings of Sheherazade. But in the absence of the masterpiece itself, this music, for all its exotic orchestration and easy tunefulness, has something of a second division feel about it. The flamboyant Capriccio espagnol is naturally excluded from such a sweeping generalisation.

The Tsar Saltan Suite (which sensibly but improperly includes ‘The Flight of the Bumble-bee’) is unusually rich and atmospheric in this performance, as is Antar (or Symphony No. 2), whose haunting motto theme has been following me around ever since. -- BBC Music Magazine

2 CD · MP3 320 · 305 MB

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