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CHAN 10369
(multiple CD Set)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture and Suites from the Operas

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2006

Originally recorded in 2005


Scottish National Orchestra

Neeme Jarvi


City Hall, Glasgow


Brian Couzens


Ralph Couzens

Bill Todd


Record Label
Chandos Classics


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 148:08
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Overture to 'May Night'


Suite from 'The Snow Maiden'

2 I Beautiful Spring 4:28
3 II Dance of the Birds 3:18
4 III The Procession of Tsar Berendey 1:49
5 IV Dance of the Tumblers 3:40

Suite from 'Mlada'

6 I Introduction 3:19
7 II Redowa. A Bohemian Dance 3:55
8 III Lithuanian Dance 2:24
9 IV Indian Dance 4:21
10 VI Procession of the Nobles 5:18

Suite from 'Christmas Eve'

11 Christmas Night - 6:15
12 Ballet of the Stars - 5:21
13 Witches' sabbath and ride on the Devil's back - 5:30
14 Polonaise - 5:47
15 Vakula and the slippers 6:23

Musical Pictures from 'The Tale of Tsar Saltan'

16 I Tsar's departure and farewell 4:57
17 II Tsarina adrift at sea in a barrel 8:43
18 III The three wonders 7:48

The Flight of the Bumble-bee

  Interlude, Act III, from The Tale of Tsar Saltan  

Suite from 'The Invisible City of Kitzeh'

20 I Prelude. A Hymn to Nature 4:59
21 II Wedding Procession 3:12
22 III Tartar invasion and Battle of Kerzhenets 4:35
23 IV Death of Fevroniya and apotheosis of the Invisible City 11:47

Suite from 'The Golden Cockerel'

  (Le Coq d'Or)  
24 I Introduction and Dodon's sleep 10:33
25 II King Dodon on the battlefield 3:46
26 III Queen of Shemakha's Dance - King Dodon's Dance 7:15
27 IV Wedding Feast - Death of King Dodon - Finale 6:17
 Neeme Jarvi
  2 April and 24 May 1984  
This unique collection – the most comprehensive of Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral works – is available at mid-price for the first time.

Among Russian composers of the same generation, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov is unrivalled in his mastery of orchestral resources, and among the pupils much indebted to him were Stravinsky and Prokofiev. This collection brings together some of his finest orchestral music from his orchestral scores all full of Rimskyian colour

Jarvi offers first-rate performances of this glitteringly colourful music which includes the lovely May Night overture (regarded by some as Rimsky’s finest) as well as the exotic suites from The Golden Cockerel, The Snow Maiden, and Mlada, which contains some of the composer’s most striking music, showing the influence of Wagner under which Rimsky-Korsakov was working for a brief period. The ‘Dance of the Tumblers’, the ‘Procession of the Nobles’, the ‘Wedding Feast’, ‘Death of King Dodon’ are all famous orchestral showpieces which never fail to make an impact, though equally atmospheric and magical is the music from The Invisible City of Kitezh.

This was the first project of Chandos with Neeme Järvi and the Scottish National Orchestra and is now regarded as a classic amongst the conductor’s now vast discography. The performances are exquisite and the sound outdoes itself in impact!

This is a must-have set for fans of Rimsky-Korsakov, and anyone who loves blazing orchestral colours.

Neeme Jarvi draws the most seductive response from the SNO; he consistently creates orchestral textures which are diaphanously sinuous. Yet the robust moments…are caught just as strikingly and the listener is assured that here is music which survives repetition uncommonly well.
Pengiun Complete Guide

These are brilliant recordings in every respect, and there is no better collection of this colourful music. Every time I listen to these I liked the music even better – and I have always loved it. I can’t imagine being without this. If you are, you really must hear it.
American Record Guide

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