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Rimsky-Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2013

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra


Yuri Temirkanov



Venue:

Great Philharmonic Hall, St Petersburg

March 2011

Great Philharmonic Hall, St Petersburg

October 2009

Producer:

Anna Barry



Engineer:

Alexander Gerutsky


Ilya Petrov



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 58:07
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NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

   
  Excerpts from  
 

The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya

 
1 Paean to the Wilderness 4:38
2 Wedding Procession and Tartar Invasion 3:24
3 Battle of Kershenets 4:09
   
 

Sheherazade, Symphonic Suite, Op.35

 
4 The Sea and Sinbad's Ship 10:10
5 The Story of the Kalendar Prince 12:28
6 The Young Prince and Princess 10:10
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The Baghdad Festival, Sea, Shipwreck & Conclusion

13:08
   


Although he was counted amongst Mily Balakirev’s ’Mighty Handful’ (which dedicated itself to pursuing a more purely Russian art music, as opposed to the Austro-German musical dominance of the era), both works on this recording show how Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was able to draw influences from beyond Russia into his own unique compositional approach: the scenes from his opera The Invisible City of Kitezh take on a dramatic, Wagnerian influence, whilst Sheherazade is suffused with orientalism as it conjures images from the Thousand and One Nights.

The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov bring their natural insight with this repertoire to the fore in these live performances, continuing their series of acclaimed releases with Signum.

 

                         ****  Excellent

Ricardo Cassani - Musica magazine - July/August 2013


"The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yuri Temirkanov, presents sterling performances of excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Invisible City of Kitezh and Sheherazade."

 
Gavin Engelbrecht - Classical CD Review - March 2013

 "Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s days as one of Mily Balakirev’s ‘Mighty Handful’ (Credo: a more purely Russian art music, as opposed to the Austro-German orthodoxy), resulted in the ebullient, vivid pieces found on this recording with the composer utilising influences from both Russia and other countries. The suite from his opera The Invisible City of Kitezh is evocatively realised, as is its stablemate Sheherazade (thought the latter has had more idiomatic readings) The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov deliver the scores with panache."

 
Barry Forshaw - Classical CD Review - February 2013



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