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Reviews: Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Suites - Pletnev

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Site review by Castor February 21, 2010
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Review by JJ May 30, 2010 (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
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Hats off to Pentatone for once again allowing music lovers to hear works that are under-frequented in the world of sound recording. Rimsky-Korsakov is the object of tribute here with three Suites for Orchestra based on his operas (Snow Maiden, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitège, Mlada), which, let it be recalled, total fifteen. Still, the Russian masterís music is also instrumental, and ďit is in these free-form program works that he is at his best, more so than in the symphonies,Ē states André Lischke. At the head of the Russian National Orchestra, which he founded, the pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev grabs us by his constant commitment. The ardor he gives to these pages is astounding and communicative. The shimmering colors of the Russian composerís music sparkle like a thousand fires, and the listenerís pleasure is total. The sound recording, with a touch of reverb that reproduces the instrumentsí tones as if you were there, adds a little something extra in presence that is fascinating. In short, there is no denying: this recording is quite simply jubilatory.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Review by jeffreybehr October 21, 2010 (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! This is now tied* for the best-sounding multichannel SACD I've heard.

The Russian National Orchestra's playing is simply superb; in fact I can't think of a superlative that describes how excellent they sound...clean, rich, committed.

The conducting is highly satisfying; Pletnev (who recorded as pianist a dreadfully fast Tchaik. PC2 years ago) sounds as if he loves this stuff.

The recording is as good as the orchestral playing. It sounds VERY natural and NOT multimono-miced, with both excellent detail and bloom. The hall, whatever 'MCO' in Hilversum, Netherlands is, sounds VERY nice...warm and supportive of lower frequencies, not too small, not too big, not too echoey, and NOT edgy.

Congrats to all. If you love R-K's music, BUY THIS DISC.

* with Channel Classics' Rachmaninov Sym. 2 by Ivan Fischer.

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