Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Russian Easter Overture

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Recorded when the conductor was a 93 years old, Leopold Stokowski's 1975 recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" with the Royal Philharmonic is still prime Stokowski. The instrumental colors are vivid and spectacular. The tone qualities are lush and ravishing. The long melodies are full and sensual. The formal shapes are strong and supple. "Scheherazade" is exactly the sort of piece at which Stokowski always excelled and his performance here is as effective as the best ever recorded. Recorded seven years earlier when the conductor was a sprightly 86, Stokowski's 1968 recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Russian Easter Overture" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is even...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Recorded when the conductor was a 93 years old, Leopold Stokowski's 1975 recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" with the Royal Philharmonic is still prime Stokowski. The instrumental colors are vivid and spectacular. The tone qualities are lush and ravishing. The long melodies are full and sensual. The formal shapes are strong and supple. "Scheherazade" is exactly the sort of piece at which Stokowski always excelled and his performance here is as effective as the best ever recorded. Recorded seven years earlier when the conductor was a sprightly 86, Stokowski's 1968 recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Russian Easter Overture" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is even better. All the same characteristics that informed his "Scheherazade" are present in his "Russian Easter Overture," plus, with the muscular playing of the Chicago, the performance is more robust and vigorous. Both performances are fully competitive with the best and RCA's sound is as immediate as the best stereo sound. Anyone would enjoy them and Stokowski devotees will have to have them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766584325
  • Catalog Number: 65843
  • Sales rank: 39,011

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35 - Leopold Stokowski & Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (44:19)
  2. 2 Russian Easter Festival Overture (Svetlïy pazdnik), for orchestra, Op. 36 - Leopold Stokowski & Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (14:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leopold Stokowski Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Example of the Legendary Stokowski

    This recording of the "Scheherazade" was a very pleasant surprise when it was played on WQXR last night. It is a very late example of the legendary conductor's output, made just two years before his death in 1977. I was fortunate enough to have crossed paths with the man twice in the early 1970s, singing in performances with the Westminster Choir that he conducted. For those who have not grown up with his work, this recording is a terrific example. The better you feel you know this work, the bigger the surprise of this performance will be. Stokowski was a "bad boy" as a younger man and a flamboyant, towering figure as a dramatic interpreter of orchestral literature. This performance shows his signal characteristic of "pushing the envelope" of good taste in pursuit of a breath taking effect. You will not find another conductor who could pull off the extremes of tempo that he does in this example. If you sit back and just let this performance envelope you, I can pretty much guarantee that your reaction will be a gasping, "Holy Smoke!"

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