|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 - The Shipwreck|
- Jonathan Crow (Violin)
Notes & Reviews:
Recording with Chandos for the first time, this disc marks the beginning of a new partnership with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. To kick off the proceedings, conductor Peter Oundjian, celebrating his 10th anniversary as Music Director, leads this performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's ever-popular symphonic suite Sheherazade. Many composers have drawn inspiration from the collection of folklore known as the Arabian Nights but none has captured the imagination so vividly as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in Sheherazade, which he composed in 1888. Throughout the four movements, Rimsky Korsakov alludes to individual episodes and images from the Arabian Night stories in dazzling and bold orchestral colors. The work is a true feast for the ears and the imagination.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (06/2013).
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) under Maestro Peter Oundjian offers an excellent performance. The recording quality is superb and TSO programme annotator Don Anderson's programme notes are good albeit limited to a single page. The front cover of the programme-note booklet and the programme notes themselves use the spelling Sheherazade. The back of the album offers the spelling Scheherazade; an error or a deliberate attempt to please everyone?
I hesitate to recommend this disk unreservedly for three reasons: first - a full-priced CD that contains only 45 minutes and 20 seconds of music is frankly poor value for money, especially because the competition is ferocious; second - there are several other full-priced CDs, and most offer a filler or two as well as "Sheherazade"; third - there are (at least) two budget-priced CDs that also offer a filler or two as well as "Sheherazade." If you are looking for a copy of this work, before you purchase this one try the budget-priced version - with excellent sound - by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz, which contains the suite from the opera "The Tale of Tsar Saltan" as a generous 20-minute filler.
Reluctant conclusion: buy this CD only if you are a devotee of the TSO or Peter Oundjian.
Submitted on 09/09/14 by Ted Wilks
Submitted on 09/11/14 by conway
Works DetailsRimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
- Performer: Jonathan Crow (Violin)
- Conductor: Peter Oundjian
- Ensemble: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 45 min. 18 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1888
- Studio/Live: Live