You may want to have this most f all for the Neapolitan Song, Rimsky’s brash, all-stops-out setting of Luigi Denza’s popular ‘Funiculi Funicula’ with big bold swathes of sound from trumpet and drum. It would be understatement to say Sinaisky and the BBC Philharmonic play it to the hilt – why this piece never became a Pops staple I can’t imagine.
American Record Guide
This well-filled disc maintains the high standard Chandos established with Neeme Järvi’s legendary set of Rimsky opera suites.
BBC Music Magazine ‘Choice’
Sinaisky’s performance is expansive, warmly relaxed…
Vassily Sinaisky is on home territory here, and brings plenty of fizz to the old war-horse [Capriccio Espagnol]. Overtures to the Maid of Pskov and the Tsar’s Bride are here with the Fairy Tale Legend, The Sinfonitetta on Russian Themes and a short skirmish with Finiculi-Finicula. Rimsky always writes (or borrows) a good tune, and is a colourful orchestrator, and, with the first-class Chandos sound, the music gives much greater pleasure than might be expected.
Liverpool Daily Post
Reviews of previous recorded collaborations between the BBC Philharmonic and Sinaisky:
…such is the class of the BBC Philharmonic’s playing for their principal guest conductor that by the end of the disc I felt that I had at least been shown facets of his [Kabalevsky] art that I had never before appreciated.
Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’
…and once again Sinaisky handles it with scrupulous fidelity to every shifting mood.
BBC Music Magazine
This disc is one of the best interpretations of music by Rimsky-Korsakov. Sinaisky and BBC Philharmonic gives shining to the colours of the score.