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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2017

Here is a well-played Scheherazade—better than I expected actually—from the orchestra of the Zürich Opera, which operates independently as a symphonic ensemble comprised of 116 contract players. It was renamed Philharmonia Zürich in 2012 with the appointment of general music director Fabio Luisi.

Conductor, orchestra, and concertmaster Bartłomiej Niziol trot out Rimsky-Korsakov’s long-in-the-tooth warhorse for a more than able amble around the track. That said, to put out a CD of such an oft-recorded work, famously essayed by conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Thomas Beecham, Fritz Reiner, Eugene Ormandy, and , among others, who had a special flair for this particular score, …takes real chutzpah. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Donald R Vroon
American Record Guide, May 2017

The sound is smooth and silvery, the overall impression rather sleek and sweet. It never seems rushed at all… © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Blair Sanderson, February 2017

Of all his concert works, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Scheherazade is his most popular, not only for its highly memorable themes and sumptuous scoring, but most of all for its colorful evocation of images and stories from The Arabian Nights. This 2016 live recording by Fabio Luisi and the Philharmonia Zürich certainly does justice to the rich orchestral writing, which is reproduced in spectacular digital sound that approaches audiophile quality in its depth and vibrancy. The melodies are strikingly interpreted by Luisi and featured artist Bartłomiej Nizioł, whose suave violin solos give a special luster to “The Story of the Kalendar Prince” and “The Young Prince and Princess.” Yet it’s to Luisi’s credit that the music comes across with the feeling of a sustained narrative, and the lyricism and drama of Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic impressions are all of a piece. This performance is one of Luisi’s most successful with the Philharmonia Zürich, which he has conducted since 2012, and their close rapport does wonders for the music. © 2017

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