Issay Dobrowen, Pt. 3. Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Tchaikovsky

Not so long ago, I posted this same Scheherezade recording from my own copy, but this is a new transfer from a better copy, which I’ve also presented in 24/88.2 format for those who prefer a high resolution version. Dobrowen was very busy in the recording studios in 1952, both in London and Paris. Certainly, the two Rimsky-Korsakov records are among his best, particularly benefiting from the Philharmonia Orchestra at their peak. The Borodin Symphony was not a record that I had come across before, and it’s certainly less known than the complete version of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (with Boris Christoff), recorded with this same ensemble in 1952. The Francesca recording was issued on 78, and it may be that better sound resides in those grooves, as opposed to the somewhat constricted dubbing presented on this early 50’s RCA Bluebird pressing.

Note: the editing mistake at the beginning of the Coq d’or Suite’s 3rd movement is in the original (Angel) lp. The first several notes are missing!

CD 1:
Rimsky-Korsakov: The tsar Sultan – Suite
Rimsky-Korsakov: Le coq d’or – Suite
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded December 4 (Tsar) & 5 (Coq), 1952
in Kingsway Hall, London
Columbia 33SX1010, Angel 35010

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, op. 32
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Recorded November 14 & 15, 1949
HMV C4040/42 (matr. 2CS 2713/17)
RCA Bluebird LBC 1010

CD 2:
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, op. 35
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded December 17, 1952
in EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London
Columbia 33SX1007, Angel 35009

Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion française
Recorded July 20, 1952
in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris
Voix de son maître FBLP1030

Issay Dobrowen, conductor


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