Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

by Peter Oundjian

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid)

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Release Date: 08/26/2014
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115514528
catalogNumber: 5145
Rank: 73421


  1. Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KlingonOpera More than 1 year ago
A marvelous interpretation of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade This recording on the Chandos label is a wonderful example of the quality that this British label aspires to. Then again, it’s hard to go wrong with Peter Oundjian and the fine musicians of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, led by Concertmaster Jonathan Crow. The first movement of this well known piece demonstrates two things: The strength and directed force of the TSO’s horn sections, as well as the dynamic range that Mr. Oundjian feels free to explore in the piece. It also rather effectively shows off the abilities of Mr. Crow in putting forth Sheherazade’s theme in a way that just feels emotionally correct and engaging. In the second movement the oboe engages the ear and captures the attention of the listener just as a captivating story teller does, and the strings and horns do a good job in bringing to life the swells and tribulations to match what one might imaging Sheherazade is conveying to the Sultan. The third movement, which begins with gorgeous sweeping strings, leads into outstanding English horn and flute solo work – this movement is wonderfully performed from start to finish, both playful and moving, fetching and delightful. The fourth movement, of course, is a well orchestrated and fitting conclusion to the piece, and the TSO continues to excel here. It would have been a real treat to hear this in person. I should also note that the Super Audio CD format really does this CD justice, although it is perfectly delightful in “standard” CD audio play as well. The liner notes, while a bit sparse regarding the musical material, do provide some useful background information about Mr. Oundjian and the TSO as well. This is wonderful music, well performed and highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago