First of all, i had no idea that Janine Jansen was NOT the soloist for the Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade, as is implied by the appearance on the cover. Secondly the performance of the piece was broken up with other pieces in the middle of it. At first I thought, why in the world perform the first two movements of Rimsky's piece and then play several other pieces by other composers and then perform the last two movements of Scheherazade!? Why break the piece up that way???? But after hearing the entire DVD, it seems an interesting concept, given that the end of the second movement of Scheherazade plays like an ending. So it can work that way. But, I bought this DVD. totally believing it was going to feature Jansen as the soloist. If you look at the cover of the DVD it doesn't even mention any of the other works and you see pictured Janine playing the violin and Neeme Jarvi conducting. One has to assume that is what you are getting!!l I must say too, that i have heard better performances of Scheherazade, For me this one is not always at the right tempo and at times does not flow as it should.
What you actually get on the dvd is Mozart, Nielsen, then two parts of Rimsky-K. then Edvard Grieg, Massenet, Saint-Saens, then the rest of Rimsky's Scheherazade, then three more pieces by other composers. It is not as advertised. Yes, a lot of classic music, granted, but not what I expected. I feel ripped off by false advertising. Lastly, it was shipped UPS, who leaves articles on the doorstep, out in the open to be stolen. To top it off the case on this DVD was smashed on the bottom although the disc itself was not damaged. The outside package was not torn but there was evidence of someone dropping something heavy and pointed on it and that same mark showed up near the bottom of the plastic jewel case and pieces of the bottom edge broken off.
If I had read the reviews before buying this I probably would have passed on it because my only reason for buying it was the idea of Jansen on the Rimsky. The 4 rating is because of the splitting up of the Rimsky. I have never seen that done before. As for the total content, sure, it is good but it is mostly music i would not personally collect in my library. It is a pricey Scheherazade. Gorgeous looking DVD however.