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Pops Caviar

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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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1
In the Steppes of Central Asia Redbook Stereo
00:07:42

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Alexander Borodin, Composer - John Pfeiffer, Producer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1958 BMG Music

2
Russian Easter Overture Redbook Stereo
00:13:22

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Composer - John Pfeiffer, Producer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1958 BMG Music

Prince Igor (Alexandre Borodine)

3
Overture Redbook Stereo
00:10:07

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Alexander Borodin, Composer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Pfeiffer, Producer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1958 BMG Music

4
Polovtsian Dances Redbook Stereo
00:11:03

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Alexander Borodin, Composer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Pfeiffer, Producer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1958 BMG Music

Gayane (Aram Ilyitch Khatchaturian)

5
Lullaby Redbook Stereo
00:04:57

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Richard Mohr, Producer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1959 BMG Music

6
Lezghunka Redbook Stereo
00:02:47

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Richard Mohr, Producer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1959 BMG Music

7
Dance of the Rose Maidens Redbook Stereo
00:02:03

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Richard Mohr, Producer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1959 BMG Music

8
Dance of the Kurds Redbook Stereo
00:01:58

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Richard Mohr, Producer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1959 BMG Music

9
Sabre Dance Redbook Stereo
00:02:28

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Richard Mohr, Producer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1959 BMG Music

10
The Flight of the Bumblebee (from Tsar Sultan) Redbook Stereo
00:01:25

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Composer - Richard Mohr, Producer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1958 BMG Music

11
Eugene Onegin - Polonaise Redbook Stereo
00:04:34

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Richard Mohr, Producer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1959 BMG Music

12
The Sleeping Beauty - Waltz Redbook Stereo
00:04:32

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Pfeiffer, Producer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1960 BMG Music

13
Masquerade Suite - Galop Redbook Stereo
00:02:40

Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, Main Artist - Aram Khachaturian, Composer - John Pfeiffer, Producer - Boston Pops Orchestra, Associated Performer - John Crawford, Recording Engineer - Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Guss - Dirk Sobotka - Tim Schumacher - John Newton

Originally released 1960 BMG Music

Album Description

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.
© TiVo

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