The Enchanted Kingdom: Orchestral Music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Liadov, Tcherepnin

Baba-Yaga, op.56
Kikimora, op.63
The Enchanted Lake, op.62
The Golden Cockerel Suite
The Distant Princess, op.4
The Enchanted Kingdom,, op.39
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor
DG 447 084-2
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BBC Music

This collection of exotica written in the fantastic Russian fairy-tale tradition benefits from the superior tone and ensemble of [the RNO]. With silky strings and its virtuoso approach, the detail of Pletnev's interpretations show the music's hyper-refinement and fastidious use of color to advantage. ...It's glittery brilliance registers keenly in the recording's wide range of colour and dynamics.


... Pletnev brings the details into firm but appealing focus. ...the clarinet's way with Rimsky-Korsakov's arabesques captures the right degree of Shemakhani mystery...and the Wedding Procession duly blazes, much assisted by the recording's brilliant high frequencies and a fulsome bass which truthfully reflects the acoustics of the Moscow Conservatory's Great Hall. ...There's no shortage of gleaming charm in evidence here.

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