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Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34

Composer Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer Noriko Ogawa
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Kees Bakels, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1387 CD
EAN 7318590013878
Format CD
Release date Sep 2004
Total time 76'42


Classics Today 10/10.

On their previous Rimsky-Korsakov disc, Kees Bakels and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra gave us their interpretation of the ever popular Sheherazade – a 'particular joy' according to the critics – coupled with the less well-known Second Symphony. On this disc the favourites include the Capriccio espagnol and Flight of the Bumble-Bee, unusually presented in its context as the third movement of an orchestral suite from the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan.
At least as attractive is the Russian Easter Festival Overture, dedicated to the memories of Mussorgsky and Borodin; the composer's final large-scale orchestral piece. Based on Russian liturgical themes it progresses from a solemn pre-Easter processional, through the discovery of Christ's empty tomb, to the joy and triumph of the Resurrection.
Another work that definitely deserves to be better known is the Piano Concerto. Within its short time-span it daringly explores a wide range of expressive possibilities which Noriko Ogawa and the orchestra exploit to the hilt.
 
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  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  Capriccio espagnol, Op.34 14'58
01 I. Alborada 1'12
02 II. Variazioni 4'38
03 III. Alborada 1'14
04 IV. Scena e canto gitano 4'39
05 V. Fandango asturiano - Coda 3'15
 
06 Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, Op.30 14'06
 
  The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Suite, Op.57 19'46
07 I. The Tsar´s Farewell and Departure 4'44
08 II. The Tsarina in a Barrel at Sea 5'51
09 III. The Flight of the Bumle-Bee 1'23
10 IV. The Three Wonders 7'48
 
11 Sadko, musical picture, Op.5 12'20
 
12 Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op.36 14'10
 
  Album total 76'42
OrchestraMalaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorBakels, Kees
ComposerRimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai
PianoOgawa, Noriko

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