Magazine article Gramophone

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

Magazine article Gramophone

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

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Rimsky-Korsakov

Sheherazade, Op 35 Toronto Symphony Orchestra / Peter Oundjian Chandos [M] [SACD] CHSA5145 (45' * DDD) Recorded live at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, June 2013

Since refurbishing the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2011, Peter Oundjian has introduced nine new principals, so Sheherazade is as good a calling card as any. Certainly they play well together as an orchestral team, and the soloists come forwards with well-placed contributions in Rimsky-Korsakov's colourful score. They are led by a beguiling solo violin for Sheherazade's seductive story introductions. What is so far missing is the capacity for the conductor to entrust more to the players, to allow a freer hand in the solos that step forwards out of the orchestral clamour, and at the same time a greater urgency in the attack. One remembers the freedom which Beecham always entrusted, together with the whiplash onslaught he could draw from the full orchestra.

Nevertheless, this as a good performance, scrupulously recorded (with the exception of one patch in the third movement, when the violin is too dominating). …

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