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Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay - Schéhérazade - Uppsala Chamber Orchestra


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NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV / SCHEHERAZADE SYMPHONIC SUITE OP 35
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov came from a family with proud naval traditions and was slated to carry them on. However, he was musically gifted and was recommended by the composer Mili Balakirev to devote himself entirely to a career in music instead. Unfortunately neither Balakirev nor anyone else was capable of providing him with the knowledge he was seeking, so he quite simply taught himself by studying on his own and by orchestrating, structuring, and completing works by colleagues who were less than meticulous or professional. In 1871 he assumed a post as professor of composition and instrumentation at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Rimsky-Korsakov belonged to a group of young Russian composers who wanted to nurture the typically Russian qualities of music, looking to the East rather than theWest to find their musical roots.Music was to build on folk traditions and subject were to be taken from Russian stories and sagas.Many of his operas bear signs of this, as do many of his instrumental music and orchestral works. Scheherazade was written in 1888 and, with its fanciful narrative and rich sonorities, it has come to assume a unique place in the history of music. For his Scheherazade he chose four stories:The Story of Sinbad the Sailor -The Story of the Kalander Prince-The Young Prince and the Young Princess - Festival at Baghdad and the Shipwreck and the BronzeWarrior. He writes in his autobiography that "the audience should see the titles as hints that direct their fancy...." On the title page of the score Rimsky- Korsakov wrote the following: "Convinced of the infidelity of women, the Sultan Schahriar had sworn always to kill his new brides after the first night. But his bride Scheherazade saved her life by regaling him with stories, which she told him for a thousand and one nights. Vanquished by his curiosity, the sultan postponed the execution of his wife day after day and ultimately abandoned his bloody resolution entirely. Scheherazade told many wonders to Sultan Schahriar. For her tales, she drew on the poems of the bards and the words of folk songs, and she herself made up many adventures and sagas."

UPPSALA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Uppsala Chamber Orchestra - regarded by many as one of the finest chamber orchestras in Sweden - is part ofMusik i Uppland, the county musical foundation.The orchestra has previously released critically acclaimed recordings on Naxos, one of which - Drottningholm Music by Johan Helmich Roman - was awarded a gold record in 2002. Uppsala Chamber Orchestra is characterized by its flexibility in various styles, from early baroque to contemporary music, and its exquisite orchestral sound, both warm and lustrous.The orchestra includes a number of fine soloists who ensure its high quality. Uppsala ChamberOrchestra's first principal conductor from 1993 wasGérard Korsten, now artistic director of the LondonMozart Players.The English pianist and conductorHoward Shelley was its principal conductor from2000 to 2003. As of 2004, its principal conductor is PaulMägi, a very highly regarded conductor withmultiple international assignments. The concertmasters are Nils-Erik Sparf and Klara Hellgren, who are both members of the string sextet Uppsala Chamber Soloists.

PAUL MÄGI
The Estonian conductor PaulMägi has been frequently featured on Swedish podiums in recent years. He has had a long and successful career as conductor and artistic director of several prominent orchestras in the Baltic countries. In 1990 PaulMägi was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the Latvian National Orchestra in Riga. Between 1995 and 2002 he was artistic director and principal conductor of the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn. PaulMägi has conducted leading orchestras in a score of countries in Europe and the US. Some of the Swedish orchestras he has conducted are the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Court Orchestra, and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. He is regarded as one of the foremost teachers of future conductors and is the professor at the College ofMusic in Tallinn, and is also professor at the Royal College ofMusic in Stockholm.
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Artikelnummer SCD1143
Streckkod 0822659011431
Utgivningsdatum 2010-03-08
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Swedish Society
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Utövare
Artister Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
Kompositörer Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay
Disk: 1
1 Schéhérazade
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