Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Borodin
In the Steppes of Central Asia
Prince Igor – Overture
Glinka
Ruslan and Ludmilla – Overture
Mussorgsky, arr. Rimsky-Korsakov
A Night on the Bare Mountain
Rimsky-Korsakov
Capriccio espagnol, Op.34
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op.36
Tchaikovsky
Hamlet – Fantasy Overture, Op.67
Hallé Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra [Hamlet]
Vernon Handley

Hamlet recorded November 1974 in Barking Town Hall, London; the remainder recorded January 1988 in Free Trade Hall, Manchester
CD No: CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 3 82232 2
Duration: 83 minutes
Reviewed: January 2007
Not Vernon Handley’s usual fare, but that’s the danger of typecasting. These innately musical accounts of popular Russian scores are neither Technicolor productions nor showpiece renditions – but there are plenty of good things. Hamlet is new to CD and is, unfortunately, somewhat over-processed here; the Hallé digital tapings are more natural-sounding and open. Still, a very enjoyable and generous collection.

 

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