Best Recording of Scheherazade

What recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade do you find the most enjoyable? I've listened to four different recordings in the last 24 hours. London Symph under Svetlanov, Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo under Lawrence Foster, Berliner Philharmoniker under Karajan, and New York Phil under Masur. Out of these, I'd rank them as such:
Distant 3) Foster
4) Svetlanov

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I have always enjoyed the version conducted by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on the RCA Victor "Living Stereo" Series. Worth checking out.

Regards, Rich
I second Rich's comments on the Reiner recording.
Another vote for Fritz Reiner.
Make that four!
My only recording is by this progressive rock band.
Artist: Renaissance
Album Title: Scheherazade & Other Stories
Date of Release: 1975
The performance I like best is Beecham's with the RPO (EMI).
The best "recording" (but a poor performance IMO) is on Telarc -- can't remember the rest.
Many great ones available which are better than versions at your library, for CD I recommend:

Gergiev / Phillips
Newest serious contender, very energetic version with great sound

Mackerras / Telarc
This probably best sound of any tremendous dynamic range and lush soundscape, also includes great version "capriccio espagnol"

Beecham / EMI GROTC
Remaster of classic account reveals new insights, magical account

Kondrashin / Phillips 50 Great Recordings
Another remaster of classic account making it even better

Reiner / RCA Living Stereo
Another very good version close to the best.
Another worthy contender would be Serebrier/London Philharmonic Orchestra from Reference Recordings. Give it a shot.

Megasam's list is excellent - While I can't add anything meaningful to the list, I would highly encourage you to own Beecham's. It is a thing of beauty. Reiner & Kondrashin are equally excellent and, interpretively speaking fall between Beechams and Gergiev's account which are quite dissimilar.
Second the Reference Recording
Try the Rostropovich conducting Paris Orchestra. EMI
A Japanese music magazine rated it the highest in CD format. I can see why.
The recording engineer was Paul Vavasseur, caught every changing color and expressions from the orthestra. By the way, the also phenomenal Beecham - Symphonie Fantastique was recorded by him.
....with Serebrier. I like the pace better than others and the sound is killer!
By far my favorite is the circa 1979 DG recording by Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa. They get the timing right and dynamically make the music swing in just the right places when it needs to. Plus there is no better, longer, more impactive horn climax (the shipwreck)of any recording. Also, Silverstein's violin is patient. The Orchestra never rushes the tempo nor is it too drawn out and languid. Just right. I also saw the performance from the second row center in Symphony Hall that season and got completely caught up in the music, even though it was Friday afternoon and all the ladies groups were there to see and be seen.
To give some alternatives to the Beecham and Kondrashin which are excellent:

On LP:
Monteux, London Symphony, on London Records STS-15158
Previn, Vienna Philharmonic, on Philips 7337-231

On CD:
Haitink, London Symphony, on Philips 420-898-2
Mackerras, London Symphony, on Telarc CD-80208
If I were to narrow my own list of 5 down to one must have account it would be difficult since they each have thier own strong points, but my choice is:

*** Beecham / EMI (Great Recorings of the Century) ***

Beecham is a master of painting tonal colors best at capturing the magic and mystery of this enchanting tale, there is a hint of jasmine in the air as you are carried away by tale of "1001 Nights" The storm/shipwreck sequence has impressive power and savage fury which is hard to match.

The only slight negative is this is 1958 recording and the orchestral climaxes are a bit strained/ragged, better now with new ART remaster but noticeable compared to modern recording. There is also excellent version of Borodin's "polovtsian dances" included but again same issues with sound quality. This is minor point and doesn't keep me from playing this set again and again.

By comparison the Mackerras/Telarc has fabulous lush modern Telarc sound that is quite impressive demonstration class, but does not capture the magic mood as effectively as Beecham.
That's funny, I clicked on to vote for Reiner. Those were Chicago's best years, in many respects.
Just recently saw this glowing review for 1964 Stokowski/Cala version, worth reading:
1st choice LSO/Charles Mackerras and while it's probably nowhere the "best", I enjoy Ormandy with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
without any doubt or hesitation Sergiu Celibadache with the Munich Philharmonic. Second would be Karajan.
I have an RCA Red Seal Shaded DOg vinyl copy that is my favorite. I think the conductor was Fritz Reiner.

I also like This a lot.
"and while it's probably nowhere the "best", I enjoy Ormandy with the Philadelphia Orchestra"

Me too Classical1, I think it is that large string section. Agree on the Reiner/CSO.
The ayes have it---can't go wrong with Beecham and Reiner, but also try Stokowski/London Symphony(not his performance with the Royal Philharmonic)or Ansermet/Suisse Romande Orchestra.
it wasn't a recording, but a couple of years back i hear valery gergiev and the mariinsky orchestra do an amazing performance of sheherezade at carnegie hall. it was awesome and unlike any recorded version you've ever heard.

is that the one with Anshel Brushilow playing the solo violin part?
Yes Tostadosunidos, that's the one recorded in 1962.
Brushilow turned out to be quite the conductor himself (he could play, obviously!) but never had the career he deserved.
Dallas politics are to blame for that.
How's that Tostadosunidos?
It's my understanding (just "the rumor," I guess) that he didn't fit the mold of what they were looking for off the podium as it were. I heard the last straw was when he stood up for the players who refused to take their best instruments out for a performance in inclement weather.

All I know is that he had quite an ear and musical mind. I thought his performance of "Pictures at an Exhibition" with a student group (North Texas State U.) beat the pants off of the DSO with Eduardo Mata which I had heard some weeks prior.
I think it's a shame he never caught on with one of the big US orchestras. It's their loss IMO.

Back on track, he plays a nice Scheherazade as concert master on the Ormandy recording.