Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade. Russian Easter Festival Overt
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In his most famous orchestral composition, Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov, like Beethoven in his Pastoral Symphony before him, was more interested in evoking feelings and impressions than in spoon-feeding listeners a pre-digested program. So the titles he provided for its four movements, were indicative rather than based on particular stories from the Arabian Nights. Pierre Monteuxs recording, taped in Kingsway Hall in June 1957 was first issued on RCA (at the time when the label had a collaborative release arrangement with Decca). Since then the recording has repatriated to Decca who first issued it on LP in 1970 and then on CD in 1988 as part of its Weekend Classics series. It is now restored to circulation as part of Eloquences on-going exploration of the recorded legacy of Monteux. That same year, Rimsky-Korsakov also completed the Russian Easter Festival Overture, also known as Bright Holiday, in keeping with the Russian Orthodox name for Easter. Many of the melodies heard in this work were taken from the Obikhod, a collection of liturgical chants dating back many centuries, and first published in 1772. Rimsky-Korsakov had a deep appreciation for Russias pagan and early Christian history. Sir Adrian Boults recording of the Overture also hails from 1957, and like Monteuxs Schehrazade first appeared on RCA. Decca released it in 1971 as part of its Eclipse series. This is its first release on Decca CD.
- Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade
- Russian Easter Festival Overture
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