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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Capriccio Espagnol; Neapolitan Song

> Scheherazade, Op. 35 - I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
> Scheherazade, Op. 35 - II. The Kalender Prince
> Scheherazade, Op. 35 - III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
> Scheherazade, Op. 35 - IV. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea
> Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 - I. Alborada
> Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 - II. Variations
> Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 - III. Alborada
> Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 - IV. Scena e canto gitano
> Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 - V. Fandango asturiano
> Neapolitan song (Neapolitanskaya pesenka), Op. 63 - Neapolitan song (Neapolitanskaya pesenka), Op. 63

Album Summary

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Neapolitan Song (Neapolitanskaya pesenka), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 63
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new recording contains popular Russian works by Rimsky-Korsakov performed by the best Russian Orchestra (the RNO) conducted by guest conductors Carlo Ponti Jr. (son of the late film director Carlo Ponti and Sofia Loren).

The Russian National Orchestra conducted by Carlo Ponti perform three works by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in this latest Pentatone release. Powerful, beautiful, and inspiring is the performance given. Excellently recorded on super audio CD, you will feel as if you're standing on stage amongst the orchestra in this outstanding performance.

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
It's hard to imagine more delightful showpieces for a super audio CD than Scheherazade and Capriccio espagñol, two dazzling masterworks by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov that are among his most popular creations. Carlo Ponti's exceptional conducting, the Russian National Orchestra's sumptuous playing, and PentaTone Classic's fantastic multichannel sound combine to make this a dream SACD for any audiophile and a great demo for anyone who wants to show off high-end stereo equipment. But beyond the obvious advantages of this package in terms of performance and recording excellence, the music itself is the biggest draw. Scheherazade is a symphonic suite based upon the "1,001 Arabian Nights," and Rimsky-Korsakov employed all of his orchestral ingenuity to create this richly imaginative score, regarded by some as the composer's best purely instrumental work. Capriccio espagñol is a tour de force of sparkling colors and melodies redolent of Spain, and it has been a hit with audiences ever since its premiere in 1887. To fill out the rest of the program, Ponti has included the jaunty Neapolitan Song, which Rimsky-Korsakov arranged on "Funniculì, Funniculà." This superb album is highly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: DZZ Studio 5, Moscow (06/2010).


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Works Details

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
  • Performer: Tatiana Porshneva (Violin)
  • Conductor: Carlo Ponti
  • Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 46 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34
  • Performer: Alexei Bruni (Violin)
  • Conductor: Carlo Ponti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887.
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Neapolitan Song (Neapolitanskaya pesenka), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 63
  • Conductor: Carlo Ponti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907