Russian Orchestral Favorites
KHCD-2013-028FL (STEREO) - Russian Orchestral Favorites: Glinka: Ruslan & Ludmilla Overture; Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Serenade for Strings; Borodin: Polovtsian Dances; Moussorgsky: Gopak from Act III of "Sorotchinsky Fair"; Tchaikovsky: Cossack Dance from "Mazeppa"; 1812 Overture, Op. 49 (with massed brass bands, cannon, bells and chorus) - National Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Gerhardt/Douglas Gamley/Eric Robinson; Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture; Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Artur Rodzinski - A fine collection of Russian orchestral works, serving up familiar music in great sound. Readers Digest lavished wonderful sound production values (via Decca UK) in its various classical music series, and it is evident in the first six tracks on this CD. The final two tracks were among Artur Rodzinski's last recordings, made before his death on November 27, 1958. Again, great sonics and no-nonsense interpretations; there is vestigial vinyl noise at the beginning of Track 7, but disappears soon after. A generously filled program. Download includes cover, tray, and CD artwork.