I bought this CD because of Scheherazade, but I found that the Borodin pieces are actually better performed. The music is highly melodic, and the Berlin Philharmonic played them with much enthusiasm. It was quite a pleasant surprise. However, Scheherazade was marred by mere average recording technology. Also, I feel that the Berlin Philharmonic did not play up to its potentials in this piece. The orchestra was not coordinated at times, especially the cymbal player. While this is indeed a disappointment, the excitement of the music still came through. Not very polished, but still very enjoyable.