Vernon Handley

Russian Spectacular

(CD - EMI Music Distribution #74006)

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Reissued in 2000, EMI's Russian Spectacular features performances recorded by Vernon Handley and the Hallé Orchestra in 1988, and offers some of the most famous nineteenth century classics by major Russian composers. The performances are quite exciting and colorful, with surprisingly good audio for early digital recordings. With such favorites as Mikhail Glinka's Russlan and Ludmilla Overture, Modest Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol, and Alexander Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia, to name only a few of the popular works included here, this is a terrific disc that belongs in any beginner's collection, and it may even satisfy more experienced listeners.

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