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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A.: Capriccio espagnol / Overtures (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

Composer(s):Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich
Artist(s) Schwarz, Gerard, Conductor • Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572788
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Rimsky-Korsakov’s colourful Capriccio espagnol reflects a Russian fascination with distant lands, evoking sunny climes and exotic dancing in one of the composer’s most popular and uplifting scores. Steeped in the cultural nationalism of the ‘Mighty Handful’, the Overtures are linked to deeply Russian themes and tales, portraying dramatic life amongst the Tsars with brilliant orchestration and inspired use of folk or liturgical melodies. This release follows the multi-GRAMMY®-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Seattle Symphony ‘spectacular’ (MusicWeb International) recording of Sheherazade (8.572693).


Review By Luis Enrique de Juan Vidales,Ritmo,February 2012

Toda la música de Rimsky tiene un “color” especial. Para ser más exactos: tiene un “aroma” especial, en opinión de este crítico. Pocos compositores provocan sinestesias tan claras en quien escribe estas líneas como el autor de Scheherezade. No sé si será la brillante y sutil orquestación de todas sus obras o la elección de argumentos exóticos en buena parte de ellas; el caso es que, para mí, casi toda la música del compositor de Nóvgorod huele de un modo singular. Sensaciones subjetivas aparte, lo cierto es que las obras contenidas en el presente CD resultan muy sugerentes. Desde las archiconocidas Obertura de la Gran Pascua Rusa y


Review By Malcolm Hayes,Classic FM,December 2011

Rimsky’s orchestral music is so deftly written that in the hands of today’s top-flight professionals it almost plays itself. But the Seattle Symphony’s performances for Gerard Schwarz don’t just sparkle, as you would expect at this kind of supercharged American technical level. Their brilliant response is also strongly characterised at every point; Capriccio espagnol here has a dark and spicy pungency that makes it something more than just a pretty Spanish postcard…It’s genuinely difficult to imagine better performances. This is a delicious orchestral feast.

Review By James L. Zychowicz ,MusicWeb International,November 2011

Familiar as the pieces in this collection may be, the performance, sound quality and interpretation stands out for the vitality, creativity, and resonance that comes with this recording. Under Schwarz’s direction a well-known piece like Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture sounds fresh…

…admirable for the exemplary performances…Read complete review

Review By David Hurwitz,,September 2011

Here is yet another brilliant, glittering collection of Rimsky-Korsakov orchestral music, made all the more appealing by the intelligently planned program. The two biggest, most popular works, Capriccio espagnol and the Russian Easter Overture, bracket the rest of the program—a delightful selection of opera overtures, Dubinushka, and the rarely heard but lovely Overture on Russian Themes. Two of these, the overtures to May Night and The Tsar’s Bride, are quite substantial on their own, and they deserve to be played more frequently.



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