Scheherazade on Capitol











These are all the lps I have that are related to Scheherazade, on Capitol. As on other labels, most are Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and others have excerpts from it. When I first decided to collect a particular piece of music, I settled on Scheherazade partly because Steinweiss had done such a good job with it, partly because one of my all time favorite covers is the RCA one with a sultan floating on a disk, and partly because I knew that Scheherazade, of all pieces of music, would have lots of covers that went beyond the usual themes on classical covers – the conductor, the composer, a building, or a piece of classical art. What I did not realize was that many fairly witless designers would put a pretty girl on the cover. A possible lesson from 1001 nights is that women were astonishingly oppressed in the culture of that time and place. To put a pretty woman on the cover, in an alluring pose, is to side with Scharyar, the bad guy. There won’t be a Scheherazade cover from a woman’s point of view until the 1980s. So, here is Capitol records with a bunch of the usual views of women in the 1950s-60s.

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1 Response to Scheherazade on Capitol

  1. Pierre Ceccaldi says:

    What a marvellous site is your’s ! Can’t stop dreaming with it.
    If you wish, I can send you a photo of the Capitol Sheherazade french pressing if you wish.
    But would enjoy getting your mail address.

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