Rimsky-Korsakov: Antar, Scheherazade / Bakels, Malaysian Philharmonic

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Having recently recorded the symphonies of both Glazunov and Rachmaninov, we continue our Russian theme with the first of a series of recordings of Rimsky-Korskov's...

Having recently recorded the symphonies of both Glazunov and Rachmaninov, we continue our Russian theme with the first of a series of recordings of Rimsky-Korskov's symphonies. These are performed by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kees Bakels. The present disc couples one of Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular pieces with a symphony that deserves a much wider audience. Both works swhow their author's fertile, often fantastical imagination as welll as the mastery of orchestration for which he is renowned. While Scheherazade is in every orchestra's repertoire and most music lovers' collections, Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonies inexplicably remain under-recorded and appear infrequently on the concert platform. Both works exemplify the Romantic notion of programme music (where extra-musical references are explicitly related to what we hear). Rimsky-Korsakov had a vivid sense of colour that brings his programmes to life and which make his works highly appealing. The disc once again illustrates just how good the Malyasian Philharmonic Orchestra is under its founding conductor Kees Bakels.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: August 01, 2003


  • UPC: 7318590013779


  • Catalog Number: BIS-CD-1377


  • Label: BIS


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


  • Conductor: Kees Bakels


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Performer: Marcus Gundermann