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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade/Capriccio Espagnol


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  • Audio CD (June 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CVU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Charles Mackerras is an unassuming guy who just makes great music. He's never made a bad record, and his enthusiasms range from Handel to Janácek to Sullivan (he's one of the world's leading authorities on all three). Because he's had no long-term relationship with any specific label, his career hasn't been pushed the way, say, Herbert von Karajan's was, but that doesn't make his recordings any less good. In fact, as this brilliant and exciting performance of two Rimsky-Korsakov classics shows, Mackerras is as completely at home in these lush, Romantic orchestral soundscapes as he is in his chosen fields of expertise. Add Telarc's knockout sound to the equation, and what more could you ask for? --David Hurwitz

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It combines gripping drama with romantic emotional warmth.
David Brooks
Sir Charles Mackerras is not as well known as some of his contemporaries, yet he is undoubtedly one of our finest conductors of symphonic and operatic music.
John Kwok
And the sound stage in general is great, just as in all Telarc recordings.
J. Wayland Eheart

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By JPH on August 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There is no need to add too much to the glowing praises already humped onto this recording. This disc stands as a testament to the greatness of the LSO's virtuosity, its great violin soloist (Hulmanns) and the skilful, seductive conducting of Mackerras. If you are a fan of Scheherazade this CD is mandatory in your collection, regardless if it becomes your No.1 favourite or not.
The only quibble that could be raised is the overly w-i-d-e dynamic range of the recording. This CD is one of Telarc's audio engineering spectaculars, but listening to it at lowered volume levels late at night is a problem due to the immense -dB range, especially in the third movement. At lower volume levels, Hulmann's delicate playing is barely discernible. This rules it out as a Scheherazade for considerate late-night listening.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Rodriguez on December 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The performance is one in a million. Both works are played brilliantly. Scheherazade's beginning is powerfull, the first part of the second movement y lovely, soft, the rest is just great. The third movement is absolutely romantic and the fourth is breathtaking. The capriccio, one of my favorite works in the entire world of classical music is performed just as a miracle, in fact, the best performance I've heard (listen to the harp. Mackerras was great in this recording, as always in his recordings. Besides, the sound of the recording is absolutely clean and that counts too. Don't leave this recording out of your collection.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Seymour on May 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I confess, Sheherazade is my all-time favorite piece of music, bar none. You only need two four-letter words to describe this recording: FULL and LUSH. This recording is romantic to the hilt. Mackerras carresses every last drop of ecstasy out of the London Symphony Orchestra. His Sheherazade is breathtakingly hypnotic, not unlike the lady herself. It is like a fine opiate. (By the way, Mackerras approaches this piece with a technique similar to the great Sir Adrian Boult.) The soundscape provided by Telarc will absolutely blow you away! It is like an opening into another dimension. The only reason I give this 4 instead of 5 stars is the inclusion of the Cappriccio Espagnol. While it is a nice piece in its own right, it completely burns away the intangible, drug-induced haze that is woven so carefully for you by Sheherazade. By it for Mackerras' Scheherazade alone. This version kicks butt and takes names!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Sir Charles Mackerras is not as well known as some of his contemporaries, yet he is undoubtedly one of our finest conductors of symphonic and operatic music. He feels at home conducting a small ensemble such as New York City's Orchestra of Saint Luke's (He recently relinquished his musical directorship of this ensemble) or the great London Symphony Orchestra. With regards to music his conducting of Rimsky-Korsakov is as splendid as his conducting of Mozart or Haydn. Here he leads the London Symphony Orchestra in two of the finest performances I have heard of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and Capriccio Espagnol. Certainly both rank as definitive performances and are labelled as such in the Grammophone and Penguin CD guides. Telarc's sound quality is exceptional as always. If you have not yet heard a Mackerras' recording, this fine CD is a worthy introduction.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Gillespie on April 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Being a big fan of this piece, I have collected a number of recordings. As far as pure sound goes, this recording has yet to be surpassed in my estimation. The detail of the orchestral colors are caught magnificently by Telarc (digitally). A favorite highlight of mine in this performance is the violin solos. The soloist is incredible. Some of the notes the Rimsky-Korsakov wrote in Scheherazade are extremely difficult even for the most accomplished concertmasters. However, here you'll find that the soloist not only gets the notes right on pitch, but with some of the most beautiful soft and rich tones that I've heard on record.
Mackerras leads an incredibly charged performance. I think one of Mackerras' favorite instruments must be the trombone, because in the many recordings I have him conducting in, the trombone parts seem to be emphasized. There's no exception in this recording of Scheherezade, and the effect is dazzling. Along with that, the sonics of bass drums banging and cymbals crashing, you'll hear glories of recorded sound that you just can't hear in classic recordings such as Karajan's, Reiner's, etc. Certainly, this recording is a classic in and of itself. As a lover of Scheherezade, I whole-heartedly recommend this recording as a great performance, a great recording, and a classic example of the orchestral colors that Rimsky-Korsakov became famous for.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on March 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm so happy, I've finally found the recording of this music I can live with! I've listened to Reiner's (too fast), Kondrashin's (bad brass playing), Yuasa's (bad sound), Beecham's (again, rubbish brass playing)... but finally I've found a GREAT recording that has everything. BUY this one now people! Schehererazade is reborn !!!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Baern on January 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have compared several versions of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" suite, including the classic ones by von Karajan and Reiner. The Reiner version is no doubt wonderful, but I found it a bit too hurried for my taste. For the longest time, von Karajan's version had been my favorite; it's exciting, romantic, and overall makes a great virtuosic display. My only complaint was that the recording quality was not as good as can now be done with modern digital recording. But it was good enough for me, since the performance is absolutely brilliant.

When I first encountered this recording by the LSO and Sir Charles Mackerras, I was doubtful. I knew it would have good quality of sound, but I did not think that it could even come close to the passion of Herbert von Karajan and Michel Schwalbé. I, for some reason, gave it a listen nonetheless, and I was blown away! It had all the passion and lushness of the von Karajan performance, it was even a bit more exciting, and the recording quality was superb!

I highly recommend the recording of Scheherazade by Herbert von Karajan with the BPO, but I even more highly recommend this recording by Sir Charles Mackerras with the LSO. The additional piece Capriccio Espagnol is a fun one as always, but I do so love the Polovtsian Dances that was included on the von Karajan Scheherazade CD. If Polovtsian Dances was included on this CD, I would undoubtedly recommend it over the von Karajan CD. But with regards to Scheherazade alone, I prefer this version over the von Karajan.
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