Russian Spectacular

Soundbite 60

Here we write a short précis of a CD or DVD giving you a concise summary in a sixty-word soundbite

0 of 5 stars
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

Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: January 2007
CD No: CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 3 82232 2
Duration: 83 minutes

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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