- Kiril Kondrashin Collection
- Kondrashin conducts Russian Favorites - Kiril Kondrashin Conducting The RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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There's some excellent performances here. Some may not be my "Desert Island" choice but it would be going on the list for the enjoyment and excellent remastering. Tremendous value too. Russian Favourites? They're mine too. Just Marvellous.
Kondrashin is at one with these pieces and the digital processing has produced something very close to a modern direct hi-res recording. Excellent!
Two for the price of one is always good, but especially so when they're Shaded Dogs! Here you get LSC2323 and 2398, with Kiril Kondrashin and the RCA Victor Band (whoever they were that week) delivering rollicking performances of some well-known Russian and Soviet pops. The great Mravinsky tended to overshadow all Soviet conductors of the 20th Century, but Kondrashin was a fine artist in his own right, as evidenced by performances such as these. These recordings were never in the top rank of LSCs as regards SQ, but the sound here is airy, transparent and spacious - albeit lacking bass and midrange heft, as well as being dynamically limited. Interestingly, I compared this against some (way more expensive) commercial SACDs of parts of the programme, and preferred the HDTT version. So there. You get a lot of music here, so it's well worth your hard-earned dollars.
Title: Khatchaturian - Masquerade Suite
Kabalevsky - The Comedians, Op. 26
Tchaikovsky - Capriccio Italien, Op.45
Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34
Artist(s): Kiril Kondrashin Conducting The RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Khatchaturian & Kabalevsky Recorded by RCA 1960
Tchaikovsky & Rimsky-Korsakov Recorded by RCA 1959
Producer – Richard Mohr & Engineer – Lewis Layton
Transferred from 4-track tapes
Khatchaturian - Masquerade Suite 18:02
1. Waltz 4:31
2. Nocturne - violin, Oscar Shumsky 3:54
3. Mazurka 2:44
4. Romance 3:51
5. Galop 3:02
6. Kabalevsky - The Comedians, Op. 26 14:54
7. Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien, Op.45 15:49
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 15:07
8. Alborada 1:13
9. Variazioni 5:02
10. Alborada 1:11
11. Scena E Canto Gitano 4:37
12. Fandango Asturiano 3:04