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Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite from "Le Coq d'Or", Capriccio Espagnol, Russian Easter Overture - Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from "Prince Igor"

London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

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Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34  
1
I. Alborada
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Doráti
1:12
2
II. Variazioni
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Doráti
4:40
3
III. Alborada
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Doráti
1:13
4
IV. Scena e canto gitano
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Doráti
5:00
5
V. Fandango asturiano
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Doráti
3:22
The Golden Cockerel: Suite (Le coq d'or) - Arr. by A. Glazunov (1865-1936) and M. Shteynberg (1883-1946)  
6
I. Tsar Dodon in his Palace
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Doráti
9:05
7
II. Tsar Dodon on Campaign
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Doráti
4:09
8
III. Tsar Dodon as Guest of the Queen of Shemakha
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Doráti
6:36
9
IV. The Wedding and Lamentable End of Dodon
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Doráti
6:12
10
Russian Easter Festival, Overture, Op.36
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Doráti
15:20
11
Polovtsian Dances from "Prince Igor"
Alexander Borodin; London Symphony Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Doráti
11:23
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    68:12
"Four Stars ... some excitingly colourful interpretations of exotic Russian symphony works, heard for the very first time the way they were committed to tape back in 1956 ..."
- Audiophile Audition

"... brings a noticeable improvement in clarity and presence over previous issues, as if a layer of gauze had been removed from the speakers ... Dorati’s vibrant, colourful performances, with stunning playing from the London Symphony Orchestra should be reason enough to purchase this ..."
- ClassicsToday.com

"I can safely report that the sound is absolutely incredible ... Antal Doráti was born for this Russian repertoire. The sense of excitement and dashing panache that he brings is quite dazzling ... the sound is astonishingly vivid with violins and percussion sounding actually in your listening room, a tribute to those talented Mercury engineers ... Decca must be thanked for resurrecting these gems ..."
- Classical.Net

Antal Doráti leads the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Chorus on this diverse programme, recorded in England in 1956 and 1959. Despite the vintage, the sound quality of this reissue has been praised in reviews from music critics and audiophile publications.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Decca/London Studio Masters

This title is a high-resolution digital transfer of material originating from an analogue recording. It may be limited in bandwidth and dynamic range by the technology available at the time of its original creation, and is offered as a high-quality documentation of a historical release.

Recorded: Walthamstow Town Hall, 4 July 1956 (Polovtsian Dances), 5 July 1956 (Coq d’Or), 6 June 1959 (Capriccio Espagnol, Russian Easter Festival Overture) Recording equipment: 3-track, half-inch tape/one Telefunken 201 microphone & two U47 Telefunken microphones (Coq d’Or, Polovtsian Dances)/three Telefunken 201 microphones (Capriccio Espagnol, Russian Easter Festival Overture)
Original releases: SR90122 (Coq d’Or, Polovtsian Dances); SR90265 (Capriccio Espagnol, Russian Easter Festival Overture)
Recording director: Wilma Cozart
Musical supervisor: Harold Lawrence (Capriccio Espagnol, Russian Easter Festival Overture); Alan Melville (Coq d’Or, Polovtsian Dances)
Chief engineer & Technical supervisor: C. Robert Fine
Associate engineer: Robert Eberenz (Coq d’Or, Russian Easter Festival Overture)
Digital transfer & 2-channel conversion: Mark Bücker, assisted by Andreas Brüning
Original liner note editor: Sedgwick Clark
Cover: Russian Easter egg courtesy of A La Vieille Russie
Photo: Henry Riies

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