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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade - Borodin: Polovstian Dances ('Prince Igor')

Sir Thomas Beecham Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
  • Audio CD (15 Feb 1999)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000023Z0O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Introduction: Andantino
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10. Presto
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great performance 6 Mar 2011
By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The sound quality is just a little harsh but you soon get used to it to such an extent that you can compare this account with others that are much more recent. I hear Beecham's Scheherazade as somewhat "English" and this could be a point against it but it is also filled with magic and can also be very exciting. It is special but cannot displace Kondrashin's supremely successful and more properly idiomatic account in my affections.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great recording of a great performance. 22 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this having forgotten just how good the sound is, and how wonderful the performances. Beecham manages to convey the pleasure he obviously had in conducting this music, and he is well served in his orchestra - an absolutely marvalous first violin in the Scheherazade!
If I have a doubt, it is in the use of so English a sounding chorus - but, they know what they are singing and they mean it!
This is Beecham at his best, and EMI capturing it well.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scheherajazz Plus 7 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
Given that this is my absolute favourite piece of romantic classical music and that, untutored, I can NEARLY play it on the piano, this Beecham recording remains for me unsurpassed. It cost me four weeks' pocket money when I bought it on vinyl on first release and the joy and exuberance of this consummate performance persists to this day. Everybody, the conductor, the orchestra, the soloist (outstanding, by the way), the sound engineers at EMI, probably even the sleeve designer, had a good day, which all makes this a recording to treasure, to return to when downcast by a grey day, or oppressed by life's negatives. The only rendition which runs it close (and from a similar era) is by Paul Kletzki, which, at the time, EMI wisely released on a cut-price label. One of the greatest recordings ever made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Pat M
Format:Audio CD
Oh Yes!!! A repetative start with Scheherazade but quiet listening with a lull of contentment, inwardly imagine the Princess as she transfixes the Sultan with her charms. Then on to Borodin's Polotsian Dances and if like me you don't shout "Oh Yes" at the end then you haven't had that feeling of being lifted to exultation as the Choir comes to it's climax!!! Well known Classic but well loved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Performance Superbly Recorded 24 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
I thoroughly enjoy every moment of this CD, both the Scheherezade and Polovtsian Dances, but I would have bought it for the Scheherezade alone. I find the performance of this Scheherezade most impressive and the imagery stunning. The quality of the recording is very good indeed. It gives the impression that the capture and production have been done with care and transparency. I like the sense of scale in the recording, the fantastic violin solos, and the dynamic wind instruments. Sceherezade is a wonderful piece of music and with this CD you hear it as the beautiful work of art it is. This probably is indeed one of the great recordings of the century.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The memorable performance of Scheherazade 14 Oct 2010
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Beecham's classic account of Scheherazade is truly the great recording. He brings out all the detail and exotic colours of the score beautifully and the drama of the music is presented most eloquently with atmosphere and imagination. Solo playing of violin and woodwinds is fabulous. This must be one of the most memorable performances of Scheherazade on CD, alongside Reiner, Stokowski and Kondrashin's accounts.
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