R-Korsakov: Orchestral Suites (Suites: Le Coq D'Or/ Snow Maide) (NAXOS 8.572787)
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Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral genius shines through in his colourful operatic suites, and that from his final opera Le Coq d'or is richly dramatic and expressive. The complicated folk-based story of the Snow Maiden is simplified into four enchanting movements, and that of Sadko into a single, radiantly descriptive tone-poem. The thrilling legend of Mlada is represented by vivid dances and a final Cortege. Gerard Schwarz's recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade (8.572693) with the Seattle Symphony was described as 'absolutely terrific'. (ClassicsToday.com) Gerard Schwarz celebrated his Farewell Season as Seattle Symphony Music Director in 2010-2011. He now serves as the Rebecca & Jack Benaroya Conductor Laureate. Under Schwarz's artistic leadership, the Seattle Symphony evolved into one of the world's finest orchestras .
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