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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade; Tchaikovsky / Karajan Original recording remastered


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listen  1. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - 1. Largo e maestosoBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan and Michel Schwalbé10:02Album Only
listen  2. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - 2. LentoBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan and Michel Schwalbé12:50Album Only
listen  3. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - 3. Andantino quasi allegrettoBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan and Michel Schwalbé10:40Album Only
listen  4. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - 4. Allegro moltoBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan and Michel Schwalbé12:55Album Only
listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien, Op.45 - Andante un poco rubatoBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan16:59Album Only
listen  6. Tchaikovsky: Ouverture solennelle "1812," Op.49 - Largo - Allegro giustoBerliner Philharmoniker and Don Kosaken Chor and Herbert von Karajan and Serge Jaroff15:35Album Only

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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan
  • Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Peter Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (June 13, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00004R7X5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

The recording quality is very good considering that it's from 1967.
Andrew R. Barnard
Every movement envelops the soul and carries one to another place, a place of serenity and wonderful emotions.
thomas chavez
The Scheherezade is still one of my favorite pieces - easy to listen to and it keeps your interest.
N. C. Bishop

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Sheherezade is awesome...and as the Penguin guide and the first reviewer point out, the violin solos are gorgeous. Karajan conducts with passion and the orchestral color is brilliant. The 1812 Overture though sounds rushed and overpolished. I enjoyed hearing the choral introduction used in this 1812, but it just lacks spirit. The cannon sounds don't quite sound like cannons either. I'm not sure what he used. Buy this CD for the Sheherezade...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Barnard on September 22, 2011
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This disc features three of Russia's most familiar composition: Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Capriccio Italien. They are all so popular that almost everybody will recognize their famous tunes. So, of course, it should come as a breath of fresh air when musicians as great as Karajan and the Berliners try to tackle these masterpieces. Did they succeed in giving us something special?

Well, they certainly did in the Scheherazade. This is a work overflowing with a wealth of melodies combined with gripping drama. Karajan and the Berliners seem right at home in such a world. Karajan is gloriously intense, seeing all of the many mood changes, delivering them with finesse, while preventing things from getting out of hand (one of his greatest gifts as a conductor). Everyone wants to be kept awake during this work, and Karajan does the job. Clarity reigns even in the most climatic of moments, the buildup to the sinking of the ship in particular. Karajan has a wonderful eye for detail and even though this disc is from the 60's, you can pick up on wonderful contrasts that are present throughout. And I shouldn't forget to mention the win of the performance--the 3rd movement. Here the Berlin strings take us out of this world with the power of their beauty and elegance. I didn't know such a thing was possible in this work, but it appears that it is. Despite this recording's age, it is just as indispensible now as it was when it first appeared on LP.

After hearing the Scheherazade, the Tchaikovsky sounds unsatisfying in comparison. Karajan is still intense, to be sure, but I don't hear him pulling out as many thrilling moments. Sometimes the music can border on sounding dull, and that is not what I want in my Tchaikovsky.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Gillespie on June 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The only reason that I don't give this recording a full 5 stars is the sound. Although, the Original Bit Image Processing that DG has used to restore this performance is quite successful, the recording still fails to have a full sound in the lower sounds like the rolling of the tympani and the pounding of the bass drums. Also, somewhat problematic is the cymbal crashing. They don't ring as fully as on more modern recordings. Having said that, the spirit of the piece is incredible. I must say the violin solos by the concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic are among the best I've heard. Such challenging notes are hard to bring off beautifully and in this recording they shine brightly and bring a whole new meaning to the Symphonic Suite. In fact, I understood more fully who Scheherazade was when I heard the violin solos. The conducting on this piece is superb. Jessy Norman once said that Herbert von Karajan creates a magic carpet for a singer. It is true whether there is a singer on that carpet or just a listener. His ability to take you to another place through his conducting is truly amazing. Knowing that von Karajan made numerous recordings of various pieces, I am suprised he never made a digital recording of this piece. Perhaps, it is because he felt there was nothing more to say.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The distinction this recording of Sheherzade is its sonic balance between soft and loud passages. This is especially evident in the third section. Other recordings tend to soften the volume here, with the result of making the movement practically inaudible at lower volume settings; this recording's third movement has no such defect. The DG engineers were not "afraid to turn up the volume." The strings are glowing and the double basses truly resonante in the third movement. The recording, strangely, does have thinner low-end resonance in the other three movements. Nevertheless, this is more than compensated by the even-handed treatment the DG engineers gave the overall recording. The orchestra's playing is the typically excellent quality one would expect from the Berlin PO and Herbert von Karjan.
The Capriccio Italiane is among the most enjoyable and powerful interpretations I have heard. The playing is energetic and the sound is full-blooded, though slightly thin on the low-end. Karajan's account of the 1812 Overture is an added bonus to the disc, bringing the total time to nearly 80 minutes.
I would recommend this historic 1967 recording as an addition to one's collection of Sheherazade recordings. It is a reference to an earlier age, in which more primitive sound quality simply gives way to the musical gifts of one of the world's great orchestra-conductor pairings.
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Having enjoyed the original in vinyl shortly after being issued, I was disappointed with the CD transcription in comparison to other performances (love the piece, sampled 6). What attracted me back to the reissue is similar to other reviewers' comments ... the strings are unparalleled (I can ignore other less attractive aspects). Although this reissue is better, it still lacks clarity and purity of tone in many places (strings are wonderful). I had a similar view of the hybrid SACD reissue of Reiner although the performance is superb. Put it down to personal taste; sound quality is important to me, not just performance. I've had the good fortune to hear most of the current top violinists live and this recording sounds muddled at times. Also, I recommend not buying if you wish more than the title piece.

If you do decide to buy, I suggest listening to the reissue and comparing to other more modern recordings, e.g. Gergiev. Or, buy it for the string section performance. 4* for overall performance (bias + for string section) , 3* for sound quality (same as vinyl, but not as warm).
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