Last night I indulged in a RimskyFest: the concerto for trombone and wind band (Davis Shuman, trombone; NBC Symphony Artists' Band/Tibor Serley; Classic Editions CD 1041, 12" mono LP), the quintet for piano and winds (Capricorn, on Hyperion, again LP), the piano concerto in c-sharp minor (Sviatoslav Richter, Moscow Youth Or./Kondrashin, Period SHO 333 and Paul Badura-Skoda, "Philharmonic-Symphony Or. of London"/Artur Rodzinski, Westminster W-LAB 7030, both 12" mono LPs), and Dubinushka, 2d version, USSR SO/Evgeni Svetlanov, Moscow Studio Archives MOS 20022 (CD). I'd planned to cap things off with the Russian Easter Festival Overture as rendered by Stokowski and the Chicago SO, a favorite recording for interpretation and recording quality, but I got sidetracked and never quite got to it. The piano concerto was a new work to me; I've owned both records for ages but had never gotten around to playing them. It's really more like a fantasy than a traditional concerto, a single 15-minute +/- movement, based on a Russian folk song, with contrasting sections that flow seamlessly into each other. Nice piece, not a landmark in music by any means but an enjoyable listen. The two recordings I have are an unfortunate mirror image: Richter's is a compelling performance--you can tell everyone involved really believes in this score--captured in sound just this side of dismal (doesn't help that Period had rather low-rent pressings to begin with, and my copy definitely shows its age); Badura-Skoda's is a terrific recording of a rather low-key traversal. Not bad, mind, but not much electricity, either. But if you're looking to demonstrate why the Westminster label was a favorite of the '50s audiophile, here is Exhibit A. As to the other works, the quintet is a longtime favorite, the trombone concerto, with its rousing final movement, a more recent one (no claims to being more than fun, but fun it is). I really need to get a copy of the first version of Dubinushka, which, assuming it's the one that gets occasional radio play around here, I like better than this one. To all our members in the USA, happy Thanksgiving!