Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra – Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (2002) MCH SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra – Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (2002)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 62:10 minutes | Scans included (PDF) | 4,42 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included (PDF) | 1,16 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel surround sound | Decca / Philips # 470618-2

Of all the conductors who were trained in the last days of the Soviet Union, Valery Gergiev is surely the hottest. With a stunning series of recordings of Russian operas — from Mussorgsky’s Boris to Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery — Gergiev and his Kirov Opera Chorus and Orchestra, along with the best singers in Russia, have produced the most exciting and revelatory opera performances in the past decade. Nor have Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra slighted the symphonic repertoire. They have recorded the works of Stravinsky, Scriabin, and Mussorgsky to great critical acclaim. This recording of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Shéhérazade, coupled with Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia and Lyapunov’s orchestration of Balakirev’s Islamey, is easily in the same league as Gergiev’s earlier recordings and is as good or better than the best recordings of the past. In Shéhérazade, Gergiev stresses the extravagant color and explosive movement of the score and finds the dramatic structure of the work in its balletic forms. When it comes to In the Steppes, Gergiev illuminates the magnificence of his compositional structure through the brilliance of Borodin’s orchestration. And in the riotous Islamey, the Kirov’s staggering display of ensemble virtuosity serves only to heighten the delirious excitement of the music. This is as great a recording of Russian music as has ever been made, with stupendous sound from Philips.


(01-04) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 “Symphonic suite after A Thousand and One Nights”:
01. Sheherazade: I The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
02. Sheherazade: II The Story of the Kalendar Prince
03. Sheherazade: III The Young Prince and Princess
04. Sheherazade: IV Festival at Baghdad – The Sea – Shipwreck – Conclusion
05. Alexander Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
06. Mily Balakirev (orch. Lyapunov): Islamey

Kirov Orchestra – Conducted by Valery Gergiev
Sergei Levitin – violin

Recording location: Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia, 23-25 November 2001
Executive producer: Clive Bennett. Recording producer: Andrew Cornall. Balance engineer: Philip Siney
Recording facilities by the Mariinsky Theatre and Emil Berliner Studios
Recording engineers: Vladimir Ryabenko, Sergei Parfenov
Editing facilities by Emil Berliner Studios. Recording editor: Ingmar Haas at Emil Berliner Studios
Mixed at Classic Sound Limited
Compiled and mastered by Ian Watson and Jenni Whiteside at Classic Sound Limited on behalf of Emil Berliner Studios



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