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Classical - Released October 28, 1991 | RCA Victor - Hits - 100

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released March 9, 1999 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released March 28, 1994 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released January 13, 2015 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released January 13, 2015 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released March 10, 2003 | High Performance

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Classical - Released May 10, 1993 | Living Stereo

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Pop/Rock - Released January 1, 1990 | RCA Gold Seal

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Classical - Released May 11, 1993 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released February 7, 2006 | Living Stereo

While by no means bad performances, the performances on Pops Caviar -- Russian Orchestral Fireworks are by no means good performances, either. They have, like Nietzsche's übermensch, transcended concepts like good and bad because they are, from conception to execution, pops performances, specifically, Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler performances. For listeners who don't immediately recall the series of pops recordings Fiedler made for RCA in the '50s and '60s with the Boston Symphony Orchestra re-named the Boston Pops Orchestra, the difference between the BSO and the BPO is not one of quality -- good, bad, or mediocre -- but of brow -- high, middle, or low. As the BPO demonstrates here in works by Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, and Khachaturian, this difference means the difference between clean, full strings and sweet, lush strings; between warmly characterful winds and colorfully blended winds; between clear, strong brass and big, bold brass; and, especially, between suave, polished percussion and gargantuan, bludgeoning percussion. In other words, the quality of the playing is still first-rate, but the quality is aimed at what used to be called a middle-brow audience, an audience that knew what it liked and what it liked was loud, colorful, and a bit sexy. Fiedler is a more than capable conductor who leads performances notable more for their excitement than for their subtly: listen to the brilliant balances in Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture or the driven tempos in Borodin's Polovetsian Dances. These are the performances to get if you're looking for excitement and thrills, but if you're looking for performances with as much excitement but more subtlety, try Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra's recordings on Philips. Gergiev believes in the quality of Borodin's gloriously lyrical melodies and Rimsky-Korsakov's incandescent colors, and his recordings are as thrilling as performances as they are compelling as interpretations. RCA's remastering of the original living stereo sound reproduces the flash of the LPs, but lacks some of the depth.
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Ambient/New Age - Released August 25, 1987 | RCA Classics Christmas

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Christmas Music - Released October 31, 2014 | Valley Records

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Classical - Released June 24, 2002 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released May 20, 1997 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released August 25, 1992 | RCA Red Seal

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Film Soundtracks - Released March 3, 2017 | Masterclassics

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International Pop - Released May 25, 2001 | Naxos

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Classical - Released March 8, 2004 | RCA Victor