HD-Vinyl 24/96 (ASV) Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakov – Symphony No. 3 (Butt)

Reposted, now with FF links
This wonderful rarity contains two of the least played works by RK. Firstly, it includes the best recording available of RK’s 3rd symphony, a very compelling work that deserves to be better known. Performance by Yondani Butt and a top form
LSO is excellent, very moving and plenty of orchestral brilliance, showing the best of the composer as an orchestrator. The filler is the Symphonic Poem “Fairy Tale” based on the legend of the wizard Kaschchei Smertny. The work is wonderful, very atmospherical and another sample of Rimsky’s mastery in orchestration, perhaps still the best in russian music history. Again, Butt and LSO deliver an excellent reading of this work, that could be taken easily as the reference. This rarity has
to be taken as an essential in RK’s discography.

# Composer: Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakov
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Yondani Butt
# Vinyl (1985)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: ASV
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 833 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

“Nikolai Rimsky-Korskov’s music can easily be divided into two categories, the over played and the unheard.”

The music on this record falls into the second category, but don’t let that deter you from getting it. I won’t lie, most of the music is perhaps not quite up to the same level as “Scheherazade”, or the “Capriccio Espagnol”, but it is amazing none the less.

The “Symphony No.3 In C Major” was written during Rimsky’s artistic crisis, during which he tried to synthesize the unique, nationalistic features of his music and the music of “The Five” (a group of Russian composers who eschewed formal musical education) with traditional western form and style. It is worth noting that after this crisis Rimsky went on to write his greatest works. The symphony feels less episodic and fairy-tale like when compared to his other works. This is due to the amount of counterpoint he put in it. While this may upset some people, if you go into the symphony aware of this you will enjoy it tremendously. The Symphony also features Rimsky’s famous powers of orchestration, and the entire piece feels colorful and brilliant. Compared to other versions of this symphony that are available, it is played here at a much higher tempo. This is a good thing in my opinion, as the somewhat simple theme the finale tends to drag at a lower tempo. Overall, this is the best recording available of the “Third Symphony.”

The final piece alone would make purchasing this album worth it. Called “Fairy-tale” it is based on these two lines from the prologue of Pushkin’s “Ruslan and Lyudmila”: “One fairy-tale I do recall, I’ll tell now to one and all.” This is where the cat in the cover art fits in: in the prologue a cat tied to a tree says this. In his autobiography, Rimsky says that rather than narrating one story in particular, it is up to the listener to come up with their own story. The memorable and pleasing melodies, plus truly brilliant and dazzling orchestration make this easy to do. It is in my opinion one of Rimsky’s best works and once again, this is the best recording of it that I have heard, due to the higher tempo.

The other reviewer says that the music is “not very original.” Assuming they were comparing these pieces to “Scheherazade” or one of Rimsky’s later works, this is incorrect as these pieces were written first. Rather, they are the building blocks that Rimsky put down, which he later built his masterpieces on. I would also argue that the melodies and orchestration are original and uniquely Rimsky.

Bottom line:
If you are a fan of Rimsky-Korsakov’s music you should get this record, you will not be disappointed. These works aren’t lesser known because they are bad, but because Rimsky’s later compositions are so tremendously good they draw all the attention.

Analyzed folder: /96k Rimsky-Korsakov – Symphony No. 3 (Butt)
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.53 dB     -19.61 dB     A1 Symphony No 3 in C major, Op. 32 – 1 Moderato assai – Allegro.wav
DR14        -2.87 dB     -22.91 dB     A2 Symphony No 3 in C major, Op. 32 – 2 Scherzo – vivo.wav
DR15        -3.84 dB     -25.15 dB     A3 Symphony No 3 in C major, Op. 32 – 3 Andante.wav
DR12        -1.19 dB     -17.72 dB     A4 Symphony No 3 in C major, Op. 32 – 4 Allegro con spirito.wav
DR15        -0.36 dB     -21.63 dB     B Fairy Tale, Op29 (Baba-Yaga).wav
Number of files:    5
Official DR value:    DR14

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II + Special Edition Denon DL 103 -> Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

You hear some clicks and pops here and there?
Who cares?
I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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6 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (ASV) Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakov – Symphony No. 3 (Butt)

  1. Despite my total lack of time because of my studies, I’ve set a goal to guarantee at least one thank you at every new post.This is awsome. Little-known and ultra-awsome recordings digitalized professionally and with love and care. My dear God, this like a musical fatherhood. Thank you, dear friend.

    • Let’s wait some time, friend…sometime FF manages to 2show” the files several minutes after upload-end. Sometime only 3-5 Minutes, but often also half an hour. In the worst case the file is “vanished” I will reupload it.

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