Pops Caviar: Russian Orchestral Fireworks

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
While by no means bad performances, the performances on Pops Caviar -- Russian Orchestral Fireworks are by no means good performances, either. They have, like Nietzsche's übermensch, transcended concepts like good and bad because they are, from conception to execution, pops performances, specifically, Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler performances. For listeners who don't immediately recall the series of pops recordings Fiedler made for RCA in the '50s and '60s with the Boston Symphony Orchestra re-named the Boston Pops Orchestra, the difference between the BSO and the BPO is not one of quality -- good, bad, or mediocre -- but of brow -- high, middle, or low. As the BPO ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
While by no means bad performances, the performances on Pops Caviar -- Russian Orchestral Fireworks are by no means good performances, either. They have, like Nietzsche's übermensch, transcended concepts like good and bad because they are, from conception to execution, pops performances, specifically, Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler performances. For listeners who don't immediately recall the series of pops recordings Fiedler made for RCA in the '50s and '60s with the Boston Symphony Orchestra re-named the Boston Pops Orchestra, the difference between the BSO and the BPO is not one of quality -- good, bad, or mediocre -- but of brow -- high, middle, or low. As the BPO demonstrates here in works by Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, and Khachaturian, this difference means the difference between clean, full strings and sweet, lush strings; between warmly characterful winds and colorfully blended winds; between clear, strong brass and big, bold brass; and, especially, between suave, polished percussion and gargantuan, bludgeoning percussion. In other words, the quality of the playing is still first-rate, but the quality is aimed at what used to be called a middle-brow audience, an audience that knew what it liked and what it liked was loud, colorful, and a bit sexy. Fiedler is a more than capable conductor who leads performances notable more for their excitement than for their subtly: listen to the brilliant balances in Rimsky-Korsakov's "Russian Easter Overture" or the driven tempos in Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances." These are the performances to get if you're looking for excitement and thrills, but if you're looking for performances with as much excitement but more subtlety, try Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra's recordings on Philips. Gergiev believes in the quality of Borodin's gloriously lyrical melodies and Rimsky-Korsakov's incandescent colors, and his recordings are as thrilling as performances as they are compelling as interpretations. RCA's remastering of the original living stereo sound reproduces the flash of the LPs, but lacks some of the depth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828767161822
  • Catalog Number: 71618
  • Sales rank: 47,833

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In the Steppes of Central Asia (V sredney Azii), musical picture for orchestra - Alexander Borodin & Boston Pops Orchestra (7:42)
    Composed byAlexander Borodin
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  2. 2 Russian Easter Festival Overture (Svetlïy pazdnik), for orchestra, Op. 36 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Boston Pops Orchestra (13:21)
    Composed byNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  3. 3 Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Overture - Alexander Borodin & Boston Pops Orchestra (10:07)
    Composed byAlexander Borodin
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  4. 4 Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances - Alexander Borodin & Boston Pops Orchestra (11:03)
    Composed byAlexander Borodin
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  5. 5 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Lullaby - Aram Khachaturian & Boston Pops Orchestra (4:57)
    Composed byAram Khachaturian
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  6. 6 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Lezghinka - Aram Khachaturian & Boston Pops Orchestra (2:47)
    Composed byAram Khachaturian
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  7. 7 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Dance of the Rose Maidens - Aram Khachaturian & Boston Pops Orchestra (2:02)
    Composed byAram Khachaturian
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  8. 8 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Dance of the Kurds - Aram Khachaturian & Boston Pops Orchestra (1:57)
    Composed byAram Khachaturian
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  9. 9 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre Dance - Aram Khachaturian & Boston Pops Orchestra (2:28)
    Composed byAram Khachaturian
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  10. 10 The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan) - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Boston Pops Orchestra (1:25)
    Composed byNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  11. 11 Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Polonaise - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Boston Pops Orchestra (4:33)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  12. 12 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Waltz - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Boston Pops Orchestra (4:32)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  13. 13 Masquerada, suite from the incidental music for orchestra (or piano): Galop - Aram Khachaturian & Boston Pops Orchestra (2:39)
    Composed byAram Khachaturian
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arthur Fiedler Primary Artist
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