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Composer(s):Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich
Artist(s) Rossi, Mario, Conductor • Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue SVC-90HD
Label Vanguard Classics
Quality   320kbps


Holy Grail of Scheherazade recordings
Review By VH151950,November 2013

This is the recording that entranced me to the marvel that is Scheherazade. When I was a teen I had a second-hand copy of the original vinyl, and like so much that gets left behind when we grow up, my copy vanished into the ether of fond memories. I knew this Mario Rossi version by heart, but not by name. In the intervening decades, I assumed that I would find recordings at least as charming as this version, but my search has been in vain, for each one of the dozens of versions I've encountered were somehow less than perfectly satisfying. While the others have their moments of exultation, there is some imbalance that stains the experience, whether in tempo, in pacing, in lackluster musicianship, or in affected violin solo. The closest I came to having a truly satisfying more....


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