Rimsky-Korsakov / Prokofiev: Scheherazade - Symphony No. 5
The Cleveland Orchestra / Lorin Maazel

Rimsky-Korsakov / Prokofiev: Scheherazade - Symphony No. 5

CD | Australian Eloquence | 0028948066278 | ELQ 4806627 | 12-13

About the album

Lorin Maazel’s recording of the Coq d’Or Suite is considered one of the glories of the fabled Decca Sound and was first reissued on CD as part of Decca’s ‘Legends’ series. This set marks the first international release on CD of his recording of the composer’s Arabian Nights ‘fantasy’, Scheherazade as well as the Capriccio espagnol. To complete this 2CD set of all of Maazel’s Rimsky-Korsakov recordings for Decca is his thrilling, grand performance of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony.
‘scintillating playing from the Cleveland Orchestra’ (Scheherazade) Gramophone
‘Maazel conveys great affection for the composer … one can certainly revel with him in Rimsky’s delicious orchestral palette … the ear takes pleasure in the glitter and impact of the sound (Capriccio espagnol) … the interpretation works splendidly … the Allegros have an exhilarating ebullience and thrust, while the Decca sound creates a sonorous panoply of brass against a percussive backing that is stunningly effective (Russian Easter Festival Overture) …  the suite from The Golden Cockerel is again given demonstration sound quality … marvelously atmospheric playing with translucent strings and glowing woodwind … the finale makes a superb climax with the brass rasping gloriously and the frenzied woodwind squeals to add to the excitement … one of my records for this year’s “Critics’ Choice”’ Gramophone
‘Maazel draws characteristically brilliant playing from the Cleveland Orchestra … a conclusion relentless in its power … superb playing and powerfully brilliant recording.’ (Prokofiev) Gramophone

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    • 1
      Scheherazade, Op. 35
    • 2
      Korsakov: Le Coq d'or - suite
      Le Coq d'or - suite
    • 3
      Russiian Easter Festival Overture, op 36
    • 4
      Capriccio Espagnol, op. 34
    • 5
      Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

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