Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade; Tchaikovsky / Karajan Import, Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
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).
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite classical albums on "one theme". If you listen carefully, you can imagine the tales of Scheherezade while you listen.Published 15 months ago by Julie Northrop
Heard it played for the first time live in concert. Now I can enjoy it anytime I want to listen to itPublished on April 12, 2014 by David
Wonderful dynamics and thoughtful performance. There are liberties taken by Solti that grow on you after each listening. One of the things that makes life worth living.Published on March 23, 2014 by TCzar
One of the world's finest musical compositions! Every movement envelops the soul and carries one to another place, a place of serenity and wonderful emotions.Published on December 18, 2013 by thomas chavez
Though to this day I consider Karajan to be unsurpassed as a conductor, this is one of the few of his recordings than can be avoided. Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Rafael Rodriguez
in a few words i Bought the disc about oveerture 1812. Is the complete and original Tchaikovsky version, Choral & orchestral, the play is good not outstanding. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Francisco Carrete
Don't think what is played under Von Karajan's baton is certainly good. This is the proof. The sound and remstering are bad. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by Archaeologist
The Scheherezade is still one of my favorite pieces - easy to listen to and it keeps your interest. It has more brass than a lot of classical pieces, and a catchy violin... Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by N. C. Bishop