Rimsky-Korsakov - Symphonic Works | Melodiya MELCD1002130

Rimsky-Korsakov - Symphonic Works

Label: Melodiya

Cat No: MELCD1002130

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 31st March 2014



Firma Melodiya presents a set of symphonic works by the classical Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

A wizard of the orchestra!.. A magician of orchestral sounds!.. How many unforgettable pages from Rimsky-Korsakov’s scores arise as I say it! The wonderful composer created a bright orchestral style which we with good reason call “Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestra”, wrote the patriarch of the 20th century Russian conducting school, Evgeny Svetlanov.

The composer developed various genres of symphonic music for forty-five years - 'Conventional' four-movement symphonic cycles, one-movement programme overtures, fantasia on folk themes and 'symphonic pictures' in the vein of the founder of the New Russian School Mily Balakirev, Capriccio espagnol continuing Glinka’s line, individual orchestra pieces composed "in case"… Rimsky-Korsakov did not come at once to the genre of symphonic suite, the most organic for his creative individuality, in which he created Antar and Scheherazade, two masterpieces of Russian orchestra music.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s works are performed by the USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Evgeni Svetlanov. The recordings were made in the late 1960s – early 1980s in the heyday of the orchestra and its outstanding conductor.

CD 1

- Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.1
Recorded in 1983

- Antar, a symphonic suite (Symphony No.2), Op.9
Recorded in 1977

Total time: 67.19

CD 2
- Symphony No.3 in C major, Op.32
Recorded in 1983

- Sinfonietta in A major, Op.31
Recorded in 1984

Total time: 63.37

CD 3
- Sadko, a musical tableau, Op.5
- Fantasia on Serbian Themes, Op.6
- Overture on Three Russian Themesin D major, Op.28
- Fairy Tale, a symphonic piece, Op.29
- Capriccio espagnol, Op.34

Total time: 64.43
Recorded in 1984

CD 4
- Scheherazade, a symphonic suite, Op.35: Heinrich Fridheim (violin)
Recorded in 1969

- Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op.36
- At the Grave, a prelude for symphony orchestra in memory of M Belyayev, Op.61
- Chanson russe (with mixed choir ad libitum), Op.62

Recorded in 1984

Total time: 68.48

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