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Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai Andreyevich 1844-1908 Russia
Capriccio Espagnol Op 34
Alborada from Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 An exuberant full orchestra starts the alborada
Alborada No.2 from Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 A new orchestration of the opening alborada
Fandango AsturiaNo.from Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 Main theme
Scena e Canto Gitano.from Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 First theme of 'Gypsy Song'
2 Second theme
Variations from Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 Main tune
Dance of the Tumblers, from "Snow Maiden" (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 First theme, by strings, then woodwind, then brass
2 A slightly quieter tune, by violins
3 A slightly ominous snippet, again by strings
Scheherezade Op 35
Scheherezade Op 35 (Abridged for chamber ensemble) (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 Scheherezade Op 35 (Abridged for chamber ensemble)
Scheherezade Op 35 1st movement - The Sea and Sinbad's Ship (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 The Sea and Sinbad's Ship, dramatic opening in octaves, possibly depicting the cruel sultan.
2 The 2nd theme, depicting Sheherazade, makes an enormous contrast, a light fluttering tune high up on a solo violin, accompanied by the harp.
3 the 3rd theme on first violins seems to surge higher and higher with the waves, with huge splashes on pizzicato strings.
4 The weather seems to be calming down as the 4th theme, on clarinets and bassoons, appears.
5 The calm after the storm is expressed by this 5th theme played by the flutes.
Scheherezade Op 35 2nd movement - The Story of the Kalander Prince (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 The Story of the Kalander Prince opens with Sheherezade's soaring violin theme.
2 The first main theme emerges on the high register of the bassoon, giving a very exotic 'oriental' effect.
3 The 2nd theme is a variant of the first, played by the oboes.
4 The 3rd theme is a strident and dramatic outburst on the trombones, followed by a faster but more subdued echo on the trumpets, in a very distant key.
Scheherezade Op 35 3rd movement - The Young Prince and Princess (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 The Young Prince and Princess - 1st theme, possibly representing the princess.
2 The 2nd theme on clarinet is a little livelier, perhaps this is the theme of the Young Prince.
Scheherezade Op 35 4th movement - Festival at Bagdad (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 Scheherezade Op 35 4th Movt - Festival at Bagdad, Intro - The Sultan again.
2 The 2nd theme on flutes introduces a lighter, more festive atmosphere.
Song of India from Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1 Introductory theme
2 Main theme