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
Purchase via RNO

Reviews

Gramophone

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

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.

BBC Music Magazine

The Carmen Suite, of 1967, is extremely good fun. Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra play with staggering brilliance.

iclassics.com

... 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!

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