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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches Import

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Under the direction of Sascha Goetzel, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra has built a formidable reputation as one of the most creative and exciting orchestras in Europe. The group's first two CDs for Onyx were extremely well received by critics around the world. Since it was founded, the orchestra has worked to become a showcase for music from different traditions. This new recording explores the eastern musical roots of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, identifying elements from the eastern side of the Bosphorus which have impinged on the Western cultural background of these composers.

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  • Orchestra: Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Mily Balakirev, Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
  • Audio CD (August 12, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: ONYX CLASSICS
  • ASIN: B00K8H5U1O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. S. CROWE on January 15, 2015
Format: Audio CD
The splattering of brief comments on amazon uk about this disc-scarcely reviews if I may observe-do not give a fair reflection of this recording.

Scheherazade has been from the earliest era of recording one of the most popular and frequently recorded works. Famous recordings from the stereo era include those by Beecham, Paul Kletzki (Gramophone Magazine First Choice for over 20 years), Stokowski Phase 4 (with extra tam-tam and more harps than Rheingold), Svetlanov, Kondrashin (RCO), Mackerras, Gergiev and the controversial Karajan-controversial because it was the work he used as an excuse to leave EMI as he didn't want to record it when they tried to "force"him to. He NEVER conducted it in the concert hall, but made a "spite" recording for DG with the BPO-the only time he performed it. It is of course predictably fabulous.

I have a great fondness for the Previn with the VPO-largely because it is the VPO!
There are dozens more choices, but if it is a sonic spectacular that is sought then Gergiev or Serebrier with the LPO on Reference HDCD will do admirably.

What this adds up to is very stiff competition for any new recording, and while I have nothing but praise for the enterprise in this case, I am not so enthusiastic about the results!

Sascha Goetzl is an up and coming young Viennese conductor, who is doing the rounds of "the repertory" orchestras if I may term them as such, gaining experience and adding to his obvious talent.
His Directorship of the very welcome Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic has been highly praised and their appearance at the London Proms in 2014 was extremely well received.

We have to judge the purely audio experience- and there are limitations.
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Brilliantly recorded, making available inner orchestral passages that are usually passed over due to orchestral boredom with this warhorse. Interesting passages on Middle Eastern instruments, but they're so short that they're alone not worth buying the record for. Very lovely additions of other works. All in all, a triumph. This orchestra and conductor clearly loves and cares about this music.
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This is a very interesting recording, and by and large very well done. I'd heard of the orchestra, but not the conductor (OK, call me a Philistine), but he's apparently an up-and-coming conductor from Vienna, and he conducts the title piece wonderfully. Most intriguing, however, is that interspersed with the title piece are short interludes on Middle Eastern instruments that create a suitable atmosphere. It's an interesting take on a war horse, and it works.

The other pieces vary in quality, but they create a consistent atmosphere of what used to be called (and perhaps still is) orientalism - playing on western fantasies of a lush, seductive, and exotic Middle East. The orchestra and conductor all do well, and I'd like to hear them in something else to judge whether it's the playing or the theme that I found so appealing.
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I was particularly keen to get The Procession of the Sardar, and was thrilled when the parcel arrived from Amazon. Amazing service - and a great music CD. Many thanks.
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