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Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture and Suites from the Operas [Double CD]

N. Rimsky-Korsakov Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 May 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chandos Classics
  • ASIN: B000F9SZBW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mayskaya noch' (May Night): May Night: OvertureRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 9:14Album Only
Listen  2. The Snow Maiden Suite: I. Beautiful SpringRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 4:28£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Snow Maiden Suite: II. Dance of the BirdsRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 3:18£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Snow Maiden Suite: III. The Procession of Tsar BerendeyRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 1:49£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Snow Maiden Suite: IV. Dance of the TumblersRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 3:49£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mlada Suite: I. IntroductionRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 3:19£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mlada Suite: II. Redowa - A Bohemian DanceRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 3:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mlada Suite: III. Lithuanian DanceRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 2:24£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mlada Suite: IV. Indian DanceRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 4:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mlada Suite: VI. Procession of the NoblesRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 5:27£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Christmas Eve: I. Christmas Night -Royal Scottish National Orchestra 6:15£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Christmas Eve: II. Ballet of the Stars -Royal Scottish National Orchestra 5:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Christmas Eve: III. Witches' sabbath and ride on the Devil's back -Royal Scottish National Orchestra 5:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Christmas Eve: IV. Polonaise -Royal Scottish National Orchestra 5:48£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Christmas Eve: V. Vakula and the slippersRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 6:25£0.59  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57: I. Tsar's departure and farewellRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 4:58£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57: II. Tsarina adrift at sea in a barrelRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 8:43Album Only
Listen  3. Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57: III. The 3 wondersRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 7:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumblebee: The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumble BeeRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 3:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya Suite: I. Prelude: A Hymn to NatureRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 4:59£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya Suite: II. Wedding ProcessionRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 3:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya Suite: III. Tartar invasion and Battle of KerzhenetsRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 4:35£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya Suite: IV. Death of Fevroniya and apotheosis of the Invisible CityRoyal Scottish National Orchestra11:57Album Only
Listen  9. The Golden Cockerel Suite: I. Introduction and Dodon's sleepRoyal Scottish National Orchestra10:34Album Only
Listen10. The Golden Cockerel Suite: II. King Dodon on the battlefieldRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 3:46£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Golden Cockerel Suite: III. Queen of Shemakha's Dance - King Dodon's DanceRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 7:15£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Golden Cockerel Suite: IV. Wedding Feast - Death of King Dodon - FinaleRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 6:19£0.59  Buy MP3 

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This boxed set was, on its original release in 1984, a superb collection of orchestral music from Rimsky-Korsakov's operas; despite some strong competition in the intervening years, I think it remains so and it is definitely the first choice for this repertoire, even though it is now some 25 years old.

Neeme Järvi leads the Scottish National Orchestra in superlatively disciplined and sensitive performances. They really are at the top of their game, as evinced by the control in the sustained wind chords that open the `Christmas Eve' suite - they were, as the composer himself acknowledged, suggested by the chords that occur at the start of Mendelssohn's `Midsummer Nights Dream' Overture and like the music that inspired them, they usher in a fairytale sound world; when the soft brass and strings join, it is a moment of pure magic.

Järvi really has the measure of this music: the suite from `The Golden Cockerel' is sultry and languorous without the sensual or grotesque aspects of the score being overplayed. The suite from `Tsar Saltan' is similarly impressive: Rimsky-Korsakov, always a stern self-critic, reproached himself for repeatedly depicting the sea musically by using analogous methods but the second movement (`The Tsarina Adrift at Sea in a Barrel') here comes across as beautifully stirring and poetic - for me, it is the most entrancing track in the collection and under Järvi's baton the surging waves and appearance of the stars as night falls are wonderfully evoked.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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It's great to have a marvellous set of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera suites in this marvellous two-disc set. Although Chandos originally released this superb collection of recordings as a triple-disc set, this reissue fits the contents of the original triple-disc set comfortably into a double-disc set. So this means that you can save a whole lot of money by buying this reissue as compared to buying the triple-disc set brand new on its original release. The performances are superb and Jarvi and the Scottish National Orchestra really relish the details and the felicities in these scores. In this superb reissue the collector can get an undoubted bargain in hearing the concert suites from many of his operas, and it can nicely complement any existing recording of Sheherazade. I imagine that this disc set allows you to explore more of Rimsky's fairy-tale music outside of Sheherazade and, wisely, the concert suites from the fairy-tale and fantasy operas are presented here.

Before I started listening to this set I was familiar with some of the music, including the Flight of the Bumblebee and the Christmas Eve Polonaise. However, Jarvi's performances are peerless and I think they do a superb job in these performances. Their performances of the Tsar Saltan and Golden Cockerel suites are superb, with well-chosen tempi, flair and, in the case of the Procession of the Nobles, panache. I rather like the steady pace of the opening March in the Tsar Saltan suite, and it really builds up climaxes naturally. The Snow Maiden suite comes off superbly too, because one can really hear the atmosphere in the Dance of the Birds. The Dance of the Tumblers is also given a suitably rumbustious performance here.
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These discs, originally issued and recorded in the mid 1980's, were an inspiration and an ear-opener to all those whose knowledge of Rimsky Korsakov's music was mostly limited to Scheherazade and arrangements of Mussorgsky. I was fortunate to buy a fine Supraphon disc of the Golden Cockerel and Invisible City (wrongly titled as the Invincible City)many years before by chance and as a gamble taken by an inquisitive young musician. Right away I loved the opulence and sheer imaginative invention of the music and quickly explored further so far as the limited recordings at that time allowed.

This set of operatic suites absolutely underlines the importance of the world of fantasy, magic, mystery and far Eastern allure that is essential to Rimsky's many operas and which were a driving force of his musical imagination. They are all superbly crafted without exception and in this fine set of recordings and performances they flash and sparkle in a way that is simply not matched in any of the other recordings I have heard or owned of the works.

The combination of Jarvi, the Scottish orchestra and the recording expertise of Chandos came together in a most striking way at this time and nearly all the recordings have a life about them that mimics the excitement of 'live' performances. This set is outstanding even when set against Jarvi's achievements in Dvorak, Shostakovich and Richard Strauss from that time. The players respond to his direction with a palpable sense of thrill and exuberance that communicates most strongly.

I would suggest therefore that this set, successfully newly remastered in 2006 with 24 bit processing onto just two discs, is such a comprehensive success that it must be considered most seriously by any potential purchaser interested in the repertoire.
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