Karajan Conducts Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Suite

A very interesting amalgamation of a Russian orchestral style and Eastern influences.  Rimsky-Korsakov’s  Scheherazade Suite has a colorful quality to it and a grand and epic tone.  A fitting theme for the cunning narrator of the deeply tragic Book of One Thousand and One Nights.  Technically, the piccolo and violin parts are exceedingly difficult

I submit the first movement for your listening pleasure – The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship.

Here are the following movements / clips, which I know you won’t be able to resist:
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI

Monday, June 28th, 2010

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Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 Featuring Evgeny Kissin and Herbert von Karajan

The very definition of a child prodigy, the now legendary Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin was just seventeen years old at the time of this concert.  To see him play with Herbert von Karajan at the helm is a thrill we should all be so lucky to experience, if only through a digital recording.  You’ll be sure to want to hear the second half after enjoying the clip above.

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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