Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain (Walpurgisnacht, Walpurgis Night, Night on the Bald Mountain, St. John's Night, Una notte sul Monte Calvo)

This page lists all recordings of A Night on the Bare Mountain (Walpurgisnacht, Walpurgis Night, Night on the Bald Mountain, St. John's Night, Una notte sul Monte Calvo), by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-81) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Tchaikovsky:

Waltz from Swan Lake


Celebrating ten years as an exclusive recording artist on Deutsche Grammophon, Gustavo Dudamel's career has evolved from Venezuelan Wunderkind to one of the world's most distinguished and sought-after Maestros.

His upcoming recording, made in company with the Wiener Philharmoniker at Vienna’s Musikverein in April 2016, is an all-Russian album – it couples two works by Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, in Ravel’s magnificent orchestration, and A Night on Bald Mountain, with the famous Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The Viennese waltz kings and Dudamel gives this perennial ballet highlight a fresh, vibrant new reading - a perfect introduction to the festive season.

Pictures at an Exhibition is one of music's most transcribed, arranged and covered pieces, a musical touchstone, inspiration to many artists and cited in popular culture on television, in film, and in video games. The brief, episodic structure of these works makes them ideally-suited for streaming and digital campaigns.

While making the album, Dudamel and members of the orchestra participated in workshops alongside young people involved in the El Sistema-inspired Superar programme. Founded in 2009 and named for the Spanish word for “overcome”, it is based in Vienna’s diverse 10th District and offers free music lessons to children. For the “Pictures Project” Mussorgsky’s work prompted a group of young people from Superar to take their instruments onto the streets, share their music-making with the local community and document the results on camera.

Images from their musical “Pictures”, selected by the highly respected Vienna-based photographer Claudia Prieler, were exhibited as part of the press event in Salzburg last week, where Gustavo Dudamel, members of the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and children from Superar met at Salzburg’s historic Hotel Sacher to launch the album.

“Dudamel conjures up an equally fine performance of this orchestral showpiece from the Vienna Philharmonic…this performance seems more measured, taking full account of the Vienna Philharmonic’s rich wind and brass timbres, captured here with splendid immediacy in the Musikverein” BBC Music Magazine, March 2017 ****

DG - 94796297

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Danse Macabre: Kent Nagano

Danse Macabre: Kent Nagano


Balakirev:

Symphonic Poem 'Tamara'

Dukas:

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Dvorak:

The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196)

Ives, C:

Hallowe'en

chamber music version

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

orch. N. Rimsky-Korsakov

Saint-Saëns:

Danse macabre, Op. 40


The supernatural meets technical wizardry in this spectacularly recorded program of rare and familiar music to celebrate Halloween.

Kent Nagano conducts some of the best-loved classics of the macabre – including Rimsky-Korsakov’s technicolor re-orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain and Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice which achieved fame on the soundtrack for Disney’s film ‘Fantasia’.

The album is also filled with rarities such as Balakirev’s tone poem Tamara and Charles Ives’s Hallowe’en, the first of his ‘Three Outdoor Scenes’ of which Central Park in the Dark is the best-known.

This is the second recording to be released in Decca’s newly revived association with the Montreal Symphony under Music Director Kent Nagano. Always a benchmark for supreme audiophile quality this relationship now bears fruit with innovative and unusual repertoire: the first release of the rare Honegger/Ibert opera L’Aiglon (the first-ever recording of the complete opera) was an immediate critical success, voted ‘Album of the Week’ in The Sunday Times and ‘Recording of the Month’ in Opera magazine.

“It is essentially a snapshot of Kent Nagano and his Montreal orchestra…the performances [are] for the most part smart and stylish…Tamara comes off best: Nagano generates a wonderfully gloomy atmosphere in the opening bars and a powerful sense of forward movement” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“This miscellany – linked thematically by spooks and sorcery – showcases Decca’s famed “Montreal” sound with the Orchestre Symphonique. Kent Nagano is in his element in the items known to millions from Disney’s Fantasia.” Sunday Times, 13th November 2016

Decca - 4830396

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5 & Russian Orchestral Works

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5 & Russian Orchestral Works


Borodin:

Prince Igor Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina: Prelude & Dance of the Persian Slaves

Berliner Philharmoniker

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Berliner Philharmoniker

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra


Solti’s 1956 recordings of the Tchaikovsky Second and Fifth symphonies included on this collection are his only recordings of them. He never recorded a complete cycle, although, in the 1970s he recorded the Fifth and Sixth. Both symphonies were recorded with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra. The story behind his recording of Russian orchestral favourites is an interesting one. In 1959 he recorded this program with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 1966 he recorded a near-identical program with the London Symphony Orchestra. The Berlin recording was not issued on LP until July 1973, held back to make room for the LSO program. The ‘Dance of the Persian slaves’ was issued on CD by Decca in 1998, but this is the first integral release internationally on Decca CD. This release forms part of a mini-series on Eloquence of, in the main, Solti’s early recordings.

“Solti’s hurricane-like Tchaikovsky Serenade has to be heard to be believed – the finale almost flies off with the gale” Penguin Guide

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4806585

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Pictures: Music for Horns and Percussion

Pictures: Music for Horns and Percussion


Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

arranged by Georg Köhler

Pictures at an Exhibition

arranged by Stephan Schottstädt

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

arranged by Stephan Schottstädt

Shostakovich:

Suite for Variety Orchestra

arranged by Christoph Eß

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

arranged by Ralph Ficker


Simon Rossler (percussion, piano, celesta)

german hornsound 8.1, Hannes Krämer

The 'Great Gate of Kiev' is in itself huge. But with the eight horns of german hornsound plus percussion amplification it becomes gigantic!

After their successful Verdi-Wagner Portrait 'Siegfried and Violetta', the world-class horn players appear again in 8.1 wide-screen format on their second Genuin CD. However, before the listener is blasted away by the sound of the Great Gate, he travels through a veritable musical Jurassic Park: spooked by The Gnome, a witches’ sabbath on the Bald Mountain, and morbid waltzes and emotional suffering with Romeo and Juliet.

On the program: Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev – here dances the Russian bear!

Genuin - GEN15340

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Leonard Bernstein: Humor in Music

Leonard Bernstein: Humor in Music


Dukas:

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Saint-Saëns:

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28


Leonard Bernstein talks, plays the piano, leads his New York Philharmonic and even sings to present his view of 'Humor in Music'.

Sony Originals - 88765452722

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Kirill Karabits conducts Tchaikovsky & Mussorgsky

Kirill Karabits conducts Tchaikovsky & Mussorgsky


Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

orig. version

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'


Following the success of their first release on ONYX, the BSO and Karabits turn to the Ukraine for the second release in the orchestra’s partnership with ONYX.

Tchaikovsky’s most overtly nationalistic symphony, his 2nd known as the ‘Little Russian’ uses folk songs from the Ukraine, and is the nearest the composer came to the musical and cultural ideals proposed by ‘The Mighty Handful’. This group of composers – Borodin, Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui and Mussorgsky rejected the Western influences on Russian culture, and looked to the music, folklore and history of Mother Russia for inspiration. Mussorgsky, probably the most naturally gifted of this group composed A Night on the Bare Mountain in 1867, and the original version heard here was not published until 1968. It is a striking work, quite shocking in it’s modernity, and a world away from Rimsky’s better known re-composition of the piece. The suite Pictures at an Exhibition was written for piano in 1874 and inspired by paintings by his friend Victor Harmann displays Mussorgsky’s great gift of graphic evocation. Ravel’s masterly orchestration was made in 1922.

“Karabits encourages the players to dig deep into the music, pounding out the rhythms sturdily, in the Tchaikovsky especially, rather than bustling ahead nervously. At 82 minutes this is a generous, as well as an enjoyable CD.” The Observer, 30th October 2011

“Strong rhythmic definition, clarity of orchestral texture and firmly controlled impetus give the Tchaikovsky a definite boost. Karabits coaxes a ripe, full sound from the Bournemouth players and encourages broad bowings from the strings that add weight to the sonority. Equally he allows for individual instrumental colours to tell..Karabits is an inspired architect.” The Telegraph, 11th November 2011 ****

“[it] has everything we expect from a Tchaikovsky interpreter of the Moscow school – colour, sweep, majesty, but not a whiff of indulgence. The Bournemouth orchestra responds with style and drive – all wind sections in superlative form – and a symphony that is often dismissed as a poor relation of its better known successors comes across as a masterpiece” Financial Times, 26th November 2011 *****

“The Musorgsky pieces are superbly performed...Bare Mountain's hair-raising opening sounding genuinely menacing rather than brash, and every cackle of the witches as impersonated by strings and woodwind brought to vivid life. Pictures, too, is a triumph, with Ravel's orchestration telling in every vignette.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 *****

“If there's a single distinguishing feature of this generously filled disc it's Karabits's determination to convey the grass-roots spirit of the themes which breathe life into these pieces...Characteristically, he is more mindful of the pianistic cragginess of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition than of Ravel's finesse...Karabits is big-boned and earthy, and positively encourages coarser-grained sonorities from his Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2012

Onyx - ONYX4074

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition & A Night on bald Mountain

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition & A Night on bald Mountain


Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Version for bass-baritone, children's choir and orchestra

Anatoli Kotscherga (bass-baritone)

Südtiroler Kinderchor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Claudio Abbado

Pictures at an Exhibition

Carlo Maria Giulini

Scherzo in B flat major

Claudio Abbado

Intermezzo in modo classico

Claudio Abbado

Mlada: Festive March

Claudio Abbado


Sony Classical Masters - 88697757872

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Tchaikovsky: Overture Solennelle 1812 & Marche slave

Tchaikovsky: Overture Solennelle 1812 & Marche slave


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian March

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Kabalevsky:

Colas Breugnon Overture

Liszt:

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Mendelssohn:

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Marche slave, Op. 31

Suite No. 1 in D minor, Op. 43: Marche Miniature


Sony Originals - 88697700732

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Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition


Bizet:

L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2: IV. Farandole

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Witches' Sabbath, arr. Stokowski

Pictures at an Exhibition

(arr. Stokowski)

Serebrier:

Symphony No. 3 (Symphonie mystique)

Carole Farley (soprano)

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture


National Youth Orchestra of Spain & Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), José Serebrier

Filmed in Chester Cathedral during the National Youth Orchestra of Spain’s 2007 European tour, this concert features Leopold Stokowski’s inimitable and colourful transcriptions of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and A Night on Bare Mountain, the latter made famous by its inclusion in the 1940 Walt Disney film Fantasia.

“José Serebrier has already recorded the two main works here in CD format, but it's interesting to check the extra sense of edger and immediacy given by this live concert in Chester Cathedral and, in the case of the Musorgsky Pictures, to watch first-hand what Stokowski is doing with the instrumentation.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2009 ****

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Naxos - 2110230

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Romantic Russia

Romantic Russia


Borodin:

Prince Igor Overture

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

(completed and orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov)

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina: Prelude

(completed and orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov)

A Night on the Bare Mountain

(arranged Rimsky-Korsakov)


“A sizzling account of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances is the centrepiece here. Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture is equally electrifying, yet there is tenderness, too, in Musorgsky's Khovanshchina Prelude. Solti fires up vintage LSO/Kingsway Hall performances.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2006 *****

“This arrangement by Rimsky-Korsakov (the serene ending to the piece is nowhere to be found in Mussorgsky's original, and actually uses music from his opera Sorochintsy Fair) is the version [of Night on a Bare Mountain] most familiar to many. Georg Solti conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a vivid performance full of heaving lower strings and snarling brass.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, September 2014

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Presto CD

Decca Rosette Collection - 4765310

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