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Scheherazade / Capriccio Espagnole

Leonard Bernstein Audio CD

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Listen  1. Shéhérazade, Symphonic Suite for Orchestra, Op. 35: I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship. Largo e maestosoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic11:01Album Only
Listen  2. Shéhérazade, Symphonic Suite for Orchestra, Op. 35: II. The Kalendar Prince. Lento - Andantino - Allegro molto - Vivace scherzando - Moderato assai - Allegro molto ed animatoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic11:48Album Only
Listen  3. Shéhérazade, Symphonic Suite for Orchestra, Op. 35: III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess. Andantino quasi allegrettoLeonard Bernstein11:09Album Only
Listen  4. Shéhérazade, Symphonic Suite for Orchestra, Op. 35: IV. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea - The Shipwreck. Allegro molto - Lento - Vivo - Allegro non troppo e maestoso - Lento - Tempo come ILeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic12:35Album Only
Listen  5. I. Alborada. Vivo e strepitosoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 1:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: II. Variazioni. Andante con motoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 4:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. III. Alborada. Vivo e strepitosoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: IV. Scena e canto gitano. AllegrettoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: V. Fandango asturianoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling. 30 April 2000
By GF Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To be honest, I am mostly not a big fan of Bernstein, but this is an instance where I must give credit where credit is due. Believe it or not, this recording outshines Reiner's recording with the Chicago Symphony, even where the Chicago brass is clearly superior. This is because Bernstein turns in an overall superior interpretation, not to mention some of the best solo performances of this piece on record. Could anyone beat the flawless piccolo virtuosity (taken at Bernstein's devilish tempo, no less)? The soulful violin soli? And in the final movement, if you don't feel like you ARE on The Ship that goes to pieces on a Rock Surmounted by a Bronze Warrior...well, listen again! Once again, thrilling.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bernstein's Scheherazade 28 Jan 2002
By Hermes Camacho - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was the piece he first conducted his first summer in Tanglewood. Is it inspired? Of course.
It has it's moments, particularly at the recap of the first movement theme in the last movement. It's absolutely breathtaking the way Bernstein is able to perpetuate such intesity from the orchestra.
Bernstein conducts it much too freely, to my taste. His fermatas in the second movement are WAY too drawn out, and one can hear it in the orchestra. The sound just seems to be confused...a kind of "when is he going to move on" feeling.
Some of the melodic lines are covered up by overzealous brass and the violin solos lack a sense of mystery, which one can hear in either the Ormandy/Philly or the Masur/NYP recordings.
Of course, the virtuosity is there and the orchestra plays it's heart out. As for Lenny, his passion for the music is present, but not convincing. There are numerous other recordings that fair better (Ormandy's, Reiner's, and above all Beecham's and Masur's to name a few), but it's still a good recording.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and lyrical 1 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bernstein's driven performance of Scherherazade is an exciting experience indeed. Those who insist on technical perfection orchestrally will find problems: there are several timing issues. That being said, ff the several versions of this piece I have heard, none capture the excitement and drama of the tone poem, with Lenny's zest. Listen to the orchestra charge into the final Maestoso, for example. The rendering of Cappricio Espagnole is fine too, though less appealing, in part due to very dry sound quality.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE copy of Scheherezade to own! 16 April 2000
By Christopher Losee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Rimsky-Korsakov is one of my favorite composers. I especially love his Scheherezade. Bernstein delivers a wonderful Scheherezade. The New York Philharmonic sounds great in this recording, especially the brass section, (I love that powerful introduction). Before I bought this recording, I had the copy of the same piece with Sir Charles Mackerras directing the London Symphony Orchestra, and I wrote a review on it thinking nothing could top it. I was wrong. Leonard Bernstein's version sounds like the stories of each movement are actually being told (as a reviewer previously said on this copy). Even though this copy was recorded in 1959, the sound quality is great because it was remastered using 20-bit technology. However, I did not care for the Capriccio Espagnol, because it sounded different with a dry sound quality. Plus, the feeling of the dramatic ending is lost because Bernstein takes it faster than what the orchestra can handle. I love fast tempos, but this was too much. I also felt the beginning was too slow. However, I reccomend the version of Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic for the Capriccio Espagno. It's terrific with great sound quality! Anyway, I think I rambled on too much, so get this copy for an excellent Scheherezade, but get the Masur/NYP for an excellent Capriccio Espagnol!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Could Have Rated 5 Stars But..... 21 Aug 2002
By Shota Hanai - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ohhhhh, this could have been the very best Rimsky-Korsakav's recording to ever exist! Bernstein's hot and energetic performance was completely magnificent all from the beginning ominous brass theme to the final stroke of the strings. And teh solo violin done by John Corigliano Sr. was absolutely beautiful. If only there wasn't this single BIG error (even a non-musician can feel something is wrong); one crash on the cymbal was really out of timing during the shipwreck scene at the fourth movement. This single "Oops!" really killed the perfection Bernstein and the listeners could have fully appreciated! (Sob...)

If you want a really good AND perfectly played recording, tough luck finding it. Not even Karajan's performance is as stimulating.
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