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Shchedrin: Carmen Suite, Naughty Limericks, The Chimes
Carmen Suite
Concertos for Orchestra No.1 -- Naughty Limericks
Concertos for Orchestra No.2 -- The Chimes
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor
DG 471 136-2 (1998)

Acclaim for Shchedrin: Carmen Suite, Naughty Limericks, The Chimes

"Shchedrin's reworking of the Carmen music for an ensemble with plentiful percussion and some witty use of orchestral color, is great fun. The playing of Pletnev's Russian National Orchestra is superb - vivid, precise and with a real feel for the rhythmic life of the music. The dynamic range is thrilling and if you know your Carmen you'll have a chuckle at some of Shchedrin's tricks! "

Gramophone (March 2002)

BBC Music Magazine pick of the month: November 2001
"The Carmen Suite, of 1967, is extremely good fun. Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra play with staggering brilliance."

BBC Music Magazine (September 2001)

"... For me, Shchedrin's reworking of the Carmen music for an ensemble with plentiful percussion and some witty use of orchestral color, is great fun. The playing of Pletnev's Russian National Orchestra ... is superb, vivid, precise and with a real feel for the rhythmic life of the music. The dynamic range is thrilling and if you know your Carmen you'll have a chuckle at some of Shchedrin's tricks!"

iclassics.com (January 1999)

"Mikhail Pletnev has done it again - reached into his bag of musical tricks, gathered the forces of the Russian National Orchestra, and brought out something truly special from the treasury of Russian music. No - it's not the definitive recording of Pictures at an Exhibition or The Firebird; it's... Naughty Limericks.
Carmen Suite, Naughty Limericks, and The Chimes marks the first appearance in the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue of one of Russia's most important living composers, Rodion Shchedrin, three of whose best-known works are given performances of outstanding virtuosity by the RNO and Pletnev. "

iclassics.com