Author Topic: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov(1844-1908)  (Read 22561 times)

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Offline ChamberNut

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Re: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov(1844-1908)
« Reply #160 on: December 19, 2018, 02:54:22 PM »
Had another listen just now to the 'Christmas Eve Suite' and wonder to myself why I haven't listened to it more often.  Really enjoyed, and especially the absolutely wonderful Polonaise movement.  :)
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« Reply #161 on: December 19, 2018, 03:50:43 PM »
Had another listen just now to the 'Christmas Eve Suite' and wonder to myself why I haven't listened to it more often.  Really enjoyed, and especially the absolutely wonderful Polonaise movement.  :)

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Re: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov(1844-1908)
« Reply #162 on: December 20, 2018, 01:31:26 AM »
I am only very superficiously acquainted with the Opera, but the suite is my favorite of all Rimsky suites with opera extracts. It certainly deserved more popularity. The polonaise is as good as the far more famous one from Tchaikovsky's Onegin.
(I rather dislike the frequent use of an orchestrated version of Chopin's A major Polonaise for the opening of festive dances etc. they should use Onegin or the Rimsky instead.
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Re: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov(1844-1908)
« Reply #163 on: December 20, 2018, 05:50:17 AM »
Same here. For my ears the No. 3 is not at the same level of the first 2 symphonies (including Antar), but again, I must revisit it to make a better idea of it.

The one problem with the 3rd Symphony that has probably prevented it from gaining popularity is that the first movement is the weakest, IMO at least. I do agree that it’s not as strong as the 2nd Symphony (Antar), which is an undoubted masterpiece. I must admit I don’t know the 1st Symphony yet.
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Re: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov(1844-1908)
« Reply #164 on: January 20, 2020, 10:08:17 AM »
Goes straight to the top of my list of favourite Scheherazade recordings (first CD release). Markevitch was a great conductor (Rimsky, Stravinsky, Honegger) and a composer of considerable interest ('Icarus'):
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