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Rimsky-Korsakov: Excerpts from The Invisible City of Kitezh; Sheherazade / Temirkanov, St. Petersburg PO

Audio Samples

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade, symphonic suite for piano, 4 hands, Op. 35arr

Album Summary

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade, symphonic suite for piano, 4 hands, Op. 35arr
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Although he was counted amongst Mily Balakirev's 'Mighty Handful' (which dedicated itself to pursuing a more purely Russian art music, as opposed to the Austro-German musical dominance of the era), both works on this recording show how Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was able to draw influences from beyond Russia into his own unique compositional approach: the scenes from his opera The Invisible City of Kitezh take on a dramatic, Wagnerian influence, whilst Sheherazade is suffused with orientalism as it conjures images from the Thousand and One Nights. The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov bring their natural insight with this repertoire to the fore in these live performances, continuing their series of acclaimed releases with Signum: "Yuri Temirkanov's mature and considered performance wears its own character with pride, rather than complying with any, perfectionist norm. The reading sounds Russian: dark and edgy... "

MusicWeb International, 28th May 2013
This Scheherazade is absolutely marvellous, one of the best available. If you think you have heard the score so often that it has become jaded, this is a recording to make you think again.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Great Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg (10/2009/03/2011).



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Works Details

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya
  • Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1907

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade, symphonic suite for piano, 4 hands, Op. 35arr
  • Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 45 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888