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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Capriccio Espagnol

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. l. The Sea And Sinbad's Ship
  2. ll. The Tale Of The Kalender Prince
  3. lll. The Young Prince And The Young Princess
  4. lV. The Festival At Baghdad/The Sea/Shipwreck On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior/Conclusion
  5. l. Alborada
  6. ll. Variazioni
  7. lll. Alborada
  8. lV. Scena E Canto Gitano
  9. V. Fandango Asturiano


Product Details

  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CVU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I spent about four hours in a record store listening to about 14 different performances of Scheherazade. Von Karajan's was there, and I found it unlistenable. The arpeggios done in the first bit in the third movement for example (my favourite movement) were done way too hastily; the whole affair was sloppy and didn't hang together too well, no organic feeling to it. It was really quite obnoxious actually. I was disappointed; von Karajan is usually pretty good, like on the Planets. Then there was another from Chicago which was quite good, and the violin player, a woman whose name escapes me, was incredible. There were others that were just god-awful. None of the recordings there compared to this one. It's absolutely seamless, and Kees on violin is fantastic, just listen to his solo in, again, the third movement... though I wasn't too fond of the first arpeggio he does. Whatever, the rest is great! I really can't find many faults at all in this recording, and I listened very keenly for them. You will be pleased with this, as everyone else here can attest to. It is everything von Karajan's is not: organic, smooth, spontaneous, surprising, and it takes its sweet time as if something important were happening.

So what's the best? That's the problem: I have no idea. I downloaded it years ago without much attention to the personnel involved. The answer is lost for now, which is sad because I would love to purchase it. It's absolutely magical, about slightly better than this one. The violin on it is very moving. The only clue I have is that the climax after the violin solo in the third movement (yeah, yeah), there is no cymbal crash, which I happen to prefer. Again, this recording by Mr. Mackerras is only slightly less enjoyable.
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