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Shchedrin: Carmen Suite; Naughty Limericks; The Chimes

Mikhail Pletnev Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00005KBJR
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 1. Introduction 1:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 2. Dance 2:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 3. First Intermezzo 1:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 4. Changing of the Guard 1:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 5. Carmen's Entrance and Habanera 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 6. Scene 5:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 7. Second Intermezzo 2:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 8. Bolero 1:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 9. Torero 2:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 10.Torero and Carmen 4:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 11.Adagio 5:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 12.Fortune-Telling 4:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite after Bizet's Opera - 13.Finale 6:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Rodion Shchedrin: Concerto for Orchestra No.1 "Naughty Limericks" 8:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Rodion Shchedrin: Concerto for Orchestra No.2 "The Chimes"10:30Album Only


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BBC Review

Rodion Shchedrin...probably not the most commercial composer the Big Yellow Label could throw at us right now, but their instincts on contemporary music have been so sound over the last couple of years we'd better have a look. There are two very obvious selling points: Shchedrin's Carmen Suite after Bizet, so you get all the familiar tunes dressed up in a way Bizet would never have imagined, and with a sly grin and a twinkle in the eye. Definitely not to be taken too seriously, especially with all the percussion and special effects from the strings.

The Carmen Suite came into existence in a rather roundabout fashion. Shchedrin was asked for a new Carmen ballet, but found it was impossible to think of the story without Bizet's famous tunes going through his head...so in the end he gave in and decided to exploit the original opera: "a creative meeting of minds" he calls it. But this was the Soviet Union in the late 60's, and after the first performance it was banned by the authorities as "insulting to Bizet's masterpiece". It took Shostakovich's intervention to get the ballet back on the approved list, and it's become Shchedrin's best-known work.

So what's the other selling point? The Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev; if you wanted to convince someone to take a punt on Shchedrin's music, you couldn't do much better than them. And anyone taking the risk will receive possibly unexpected rewards; the Carmen Suite is the easy sell, but I reckon it's the sound of Shchedrin's two Concertos for Orchestra that'll be spinning round your ears long after the cd's stopped - the jazzy brilliance of Naughty Limericks (not quite an accurate translation of the Russian title, but the booklet explains it well), and the impressive soundscape of The Chimes, a direct successor to Rachmaninov's The Bells. That, by the way, was the last thing Pletnev's Russians recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, so there's an obvious logic to recording The Chimes, and a pretty good excuse to check it out.

Andrew McGregor - presenter of CD Review on Radio 3 --John Armstrong

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5.0 out of 5 stars pletnev vs rozhdestvensky 5 Jan 2011
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Yes the Pletnev is a wonderful recording, but try to hear the Rozhdestvensky recording, it is fabulous in recording and interpretation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and fun. 10 April 2014
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Shchdrin's version of Carmen is really fun. Strings supported by four percussionists. Great when heard live. The recording is pretty good too. Naughty limericks sounds as funny as you might think - makes me smile every time I listen. The Chimes is a bit more modern but if you like music with lots of rythm & percussion, you'll enjoy this. A great disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Schchedrin Carmen 6 Sep 2013
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Lovely Cd..Brilliant performance and sumptuous sound as well. The fill up items are great and give a wonderful idea of Shchedrins multifaceted and quirky style-with its strong rhythms and driving use of as wide percussion base. Highly recommend! It is a disc to show off ones Hi Fi System!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A disc not to be missed 22 April 2013
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Simply, this disc is outstanding and should not be missed. Musically, it is a delight and sonically, it is at audiophile standards. I was so impressed on my first hearing that I replayed it at least three more times to continue with the true musical and sonical pleasure. Highly recommended.
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