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    Question What Scheherazade should i get?

    I don't have any recordings of this.
    What should I get?
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    Going to be difficult to come up with a consensus on this. One of the most popular pieces of classical music ever, which means darn near any conductor of consequence has had a shot or three at it.

    Many of the classic performances have been around a lot. I'm partial to the late 1950s Reiner/Chicago Symphony Orchestra. RCA was making pretty good recordings at that time, so it still sounds good. Lots of people swear by the Beecham, around the same time.

    More recently, Russian composers seem to have pulled off some more-than-competitive versions, e.g. Gergiev, Kondrashin, Temirikanov.

    Like I said, tons of options. Someone could come along in a few minutes and give a half-dozen equally valid options.

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    Reiner/CSO. Branch out from there if desired. Beecham and Mackerras have super versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david johnson View Post
    Reiner/CSO. Branch out from there if desired. Beecham and Mackerras have super versions.
    This. The one I have also includes Stravinsky's Song of the Nightingale. Both recordings are definitive IMO.

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    The Reiner is hard to beat. Unbelievable playing and perfect tempos. I have managed to collect a few others without trying to do to purchases of large box sets. Ormandy/Philadelphia is also very virtuosic. Stokowski recorded it numerous times, and I recently heard a version from 1928 (also with Philly) on the radio recently. It sounds a lot more energetic than the stereo version that I have from a large Stokie collection that was made in the seventies.
    The only recording besides Reiner that I deliberately bought featured a Turkish Orchestra and featured some Middle Eastern instruments noodling around between movements. It received great reviews probably due to the novelty, but the main work itself was rather tame.

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    I'd be sure to have a Celi version too, such as the SDR-one on the Originals label, or the DG or EMI versions. I don't remember which one that is the best of them.
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    I only have one and it is on the 10-CD set: Fricsay Perfectionist.
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    I think there was another thread about Scheherazade recently. I must have over a dozen recordings of this and most have their strengths. Not to be boring but I’d also have to recommend Reiner tops for both the performance and recording. I also love Temirkanov’s 90’s recording with the NY Phil with Glenn Dicterow on the violin. Svetlanov /LSO is also great. Steven Staryk’s solo work on Beecham’s RPO recording is wonderful, as is the whole recording, lush and full. Ansermet, Previn, Karajan, Gilbert/NY Phil (2017), Ormandy and Mackerras are all good recordings. Plenty to choose from!

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    Stokowski and Fricsay work fo rme. For some reason Reiner never did, but I like him better in Strauss. I avoid Beecham cause I just don't like him. There must be a dozen good ones I haven't heard, it's not a piece that I've ever shopped for. Surprised I've never heard it live given its popularity.
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    Gergiev, Reiner, Ashkenazy, Beecham but I'm particularly fond of Ansermet's account with the Suisse Romande, Schwarz on Naxos and, especially, Dorati's performance with the Minneapolis SO. Love the sound on all of these. but there's summat about Dorati's slightly odd reading that appeals to me. I posted this elsewhere so sorry for repeating myself.

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    Beecham is probably the best performance on disc but the sound its not modern

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    Quote Originally Posted by philoctetes View Post
    Stokowski and Fricsay work fo rme. For some reason Reiner never did, but I like him better in Strauss. I avoid Beecham cause I just don't like him. There must be a dozen good ones I haven't heard, it's not a piece that I've ever shopped for. Surprised I've never heard it live given its popularity.
    Pretty awful man but fine conductor

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    I have quite a few of this and by far the best one is Previn. Hard to find on CD though.

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    Beecham, or Kondrashin, or Fricsay, or Dutoit, are my personal recommendations, probably in that order!

    I don't have any issues with Beecham as a person, but I was never on the receiving end of his famed acerbic humour.....

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