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Film Music: The Neglected Art, August 2010

... if you’re new to the world of classical and want to explore the marvelous work of Rimsky-Korsakov your looking at the right CD!

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) served in the Russian navy and with the encouragement of his mentor Balakirev, a member of “The Five,” pursued his musical education. He taught at the St. Petersburg Conservatory from 1871 till “Bloody Sunday” in 1905 when he was dismissed for political involvement. Many of his students also went on to successful careers in music. He taught Glazunov, Respighi, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, and Lyadov among so many. While he composed operas, chamber music, songs and choral music it is his orchestral material that he is at the front of the line including Scheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol, Russian Easter Festival, and Antar all represented on this CD. And yes his famous “Flight of the Bumble-Bee,” template for the Green Hornet theme, and used in numerous cartoons and films is included. Also included is a duet arrangement by Kreisler for violin and piano of the “Hindu Song,” well known as “The Song of India” made famous by Tommy Dorsey.

If Rimsky-Korsakov is new to you this is definitely a recording that is worth exploring to introduce you to a wonderful composer.

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