Rimsky-Korsakov for Piano Duo available on March 25 2017 from Amazon for 9.79
Rimsky-Korsakov for Piano Duo: Scheherazade; Antar; Neapolitan Song (Music CD) available on February 03 2015 from Base for 10.99
UPC bar code 809730511820 ξ1 registered March 25 2017
UPC bar code 809730511820 ξ2 registered September 27 2014
Product category is MUSIC CD - CD - Classical Audio
Manufacturered by Divine Art
Product weight is 0.37 lbs.
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov arranged his most famous work, Scheherazade, and the little jolly Neapolitan Song, op. 63, for piano four hands. His wife Nadezhda Purgold, herself an accomplished pianist and composer, made the four-hand arrangement of the middle-eastern inspired symphonic suite Antar; this is its first recording. The transcription of Scheherazade is highly complex but enormously effective and rewarding. There is scope for more spontaneity and flexibility than is possible with a large orchestra, and the timbres are remarkably pungent. Two decades before Scheherazade, hed turned to the tale of Antar at the suggestion of Balakirev and Mussorgsky. On this subject he planned to compose a symphony or symphonic poem in four movements. It would go through three versions before being published as Antar, Symphonic Suite (2nd Symphony), op. 9. The celebrated piano duo of Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow (a dazzling husband and wife team Gramophone), whose nearly thirty recordings include a ground-breaking 7CD cycle of the complete original piano duets of Schubert, add to their growing discography.
One of the trademarks of conductor Fritz Reiner, working with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, was his passion for longer recorded takes - the idea being longer unedited portions of music created more of a live performance. The normal procedure was to record a particular piece of music after the work had been performed in concert several times. This way, recording sessions were more productive for all concerned - especially Dr. Reiner as the cost for e..
While I claim no special expertise in performance technique for piano 4-hands, in high-end recorded sound, or in Rimsky-Korsakov's score, I can say I've been listening to classical music attentively for nearly 60 years.I realize that I'm coming very late to this particular party, but nevertheless, I found this recording very enlightening and enjoyable.Both the technical and musical aspects of the performance strike me as excellent, and there is a transp..