RAVEL: Antar; Shéhérazade CD review – a perfumed foray into Arabic legend and an intriguing curiosity

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Leonard Slatkin conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade at the Hollywood Bowl.

Andrew Clements writes:

In 1910, Ravel was commissioned by Paris’s Théâtre de l’Odéon to provide the incidental music for a new play by the Lebanese writer Chekri Ganem. It was based on The Romance of Antar, a 12th-century Arabic epic about the exploits of the pre-Islamic poet and knight Antarah ibn Shaddad, and the source of the score was to be Rimsky-Korsakov’s Antar, which had begun life as a programmatic symphony in 1868 on the same theme.

Continues at https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/apr/19/ravel-antar-sheherazade-cd-review-naxos--leonard-slatkin-andre-dussollier

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