Taking some time out tonight to stop organizing and start listening, at least for an hour, I treated myself to an all off-the-beaten-path-Rimsky-Korsakoff concert: Quintet for Piano and Winds (Capricorn; Hyperion A66163) Concerto for Trombone and Military Band (arr. Shuman) (Davis Shuman with Tibor Serly and NBCSO Members; Classic Editions CE 1041) Dubinushka (second version) (Evgeni Svetlanov and USSR SO; Moscow Studio Archives MOS 20022) Hearing these works back to back was a good reminder of what an expert colorist R.-K. was and of his knack for a good Russian tune. Note to French Horn mavens: the second mvt. of the quintet offers some lovely passages for the instrument in its lyrical guise. I've been in love with the lively first mvt. ever since I first heard it as a teenager sometime in the 1970s (in those pre-Internet days, when getting obscure repertory on records was not just a mouse click away, I assembled a cassette tape of the piece by calling the all-request program of our local radio station, which limited each request to a fairly short time, for four weeks running, asking for each mvt. in succession; not knowing how many it had, in week 4 I committed the gaffe of requesting "the fourth movement of Rimsky-Korsakoff's quintet" when it has only 3 ). In those days, the sole recording in print on a readily available label, as far as I know, was an affair with players from Vienna on London STS, the flip side of a recording of the Mendelssohn Octet. Capricorn takes the R.-K. work at a much brisker clip and plays with more precision. Anyhow, the last mvt. is a skittish delight, lots of fun. The piece should be played more often. The trombone concerto is also rollicking good fun, ending with a Russian sailors' dance sort of a thing. In this recording the soloist plays a modified trombone of his own devising; I gather it was intended to address some issues in playing certain notes, but it didn't catch on. Our local NPR affiliate plays "Dubinushka" occasionally, but not this arrangement. Interesting to hear the contrast. Returning to the quintet for a moment, I believe it did get one recording on 78s, but if memory serves the sole copy I've seen (on eBay) was priced into the stratosphere. There was a mono recording by Jesus Maria Sanroma and others that I have, of all things, on an LP put out by a drug company as a "premium" for doctors, and I have a Melodiya LP of the work by a group of Soviet-era artists whose names are unfamiliar to me. Not a large discography, I fear.