Temirkanov: Rimsky-Korsakov - Excerpts from The Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya, Sheherazade op.35 (24/44 FLAC)
Temirkanov: Rimsky-Korsakov – Excerpts from The Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya, Sheherazade op.35 (24/44 FLAC)

Composer: Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Orchestra: St.-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Signum
Size: 263 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Excerpts from The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya
01. I. Paean to the Wilderness
02. II. Wedding Procession and Tartar Invasion
03. III. Battle of Kershenets

Scheherazade, Op. 35
04. I. The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
05. II. The Story of the Kalendar Prince
06. III. The Young Prince and Princess
07. IV. The Baghdad Festival, Sea, Shipwreck & Conclusion

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.

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