Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Tableaux d'une exposition, Kartinki s vystavki)

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36


The Hungarian conductor Antal Doráti had already made several recordings in the US with various orchestras for the Mercury label when Philips engaged him to begin working in the studio with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. There had been thrilling accounts of Tchaikovsky from both Minneapolis and Chicago and so it was to be expected that Doráti’s Dutch recordings would begin by concentrating on Slavic repertoire – indeed just as Philips itself had done: the label was launched in 1950 with a recording of the Fourth Symphony conducted by Willem van Otterloo.

Enthusiasm and rhythmic drive were the qualities identified by early critics: ‘emphasizing the dramatic qualities of Tchaikovsky’s music rather than its sheer elegance,’ according to Gramophone’s original reviewer in January 1958. Indeed, this recording of the Fourth Symphony of Tchaikovsky from February 1956 was so fleet that even the original LP had room for a filler – Smetana’s Vltava – in the days when 40 minutes was considered a good-length LP (this filler has now been reissued in a complementary release on Eloquence, ‘Doráti in Holland’, 482 5659). The present, newly remastered reissue on Eloquence is rather more generous, and replaces the Smetana with Doráti’s very first Philips recording made in September 1952, of the Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky in Ravel’s unsurpassed orchestration – made just days after his debut with the orchestra in concert. It went on to win an Edison Award.

Even with Willem Mengelberg’s electrifying and unpredictable interpretations fresh in their collective memory, the Dutch critics were most taken with Dorati’s work: according to one reviewer of the Tchaikovsky, ‘Antal Doráti had a superb orchestra all to himself and he enjoyed it. He performed with the ease of a child blowing bubbles.’ Documented by this album is the start of a close and fruitful musical relationship that would continue for decades and yield recordings – including the complete Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty ballets – that have hardly been out of the catalogue since, unlike these rarities which now make their first international appearance on CD.

“A winner in the technical field … with extreme clarity” Gramophone Magazine, October 1954 (Mussorgsky)

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition & Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition & Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'


Philippe Jordan conducts the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris in much-loved works by Russian composers: Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in Ravel’s famous orchestration. Directly before the recording sessions, a concert featuring both works prompted this response from ResMusica: “Philippe Jordan, known for his precision in interpreting a score, exhibited superb authority in a programme that showed off the orchestra to great effect and astonished the ear with its profusion of colours … Pictures at an Exhibition was marvellous from beginning to end.”

Commenting on his life as a conductor in the French newspaper Les Échos, Jordan said: “My feeling is that activity both in the orchestral pit and on the concert podium is necessary for a full appreciation of what a conductor’s life has to offer.” The Swiss-born maestro is much admired for the refinement he draws from orchestras; as Gramophone observed of his Erato release of Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé, recorded with the orchestra of the Paris Opéra: “He graces the rhythms and dynamics with natural, malleable inflection and crafts the textures with such care.” For all that, Jordan believes that “Sheer beauty of sound is not enough … you have to find the particular soundworld of each work, of each composer.”

“The playing [in the Ravel] is excellent...but the rough edges have been sanded away to such an extent that what's left is pebble-smooth...the Classical Symphony is played with panache, the glossy Parisian veneer perfect for Prokofiev's Haydnesque wit. Woodwind solo are exquisitely played, especially the garrulous flute passages in the helter-skelter finale.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

“The Paris Opéra’s young music director reminds us that Pictures at an Exhibition is one of Ravel’s great orchestral scores, bringing Gallic finesse to Mussorgsky’s craggy piano original.” Sunday Times, 7th May 2017

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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 ****

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Denis Matsuev Live from the Annecy Classic Festival

Denis Matsuev Live from the Annecy Classic Festival


Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Recorded live at Annecy Classic Festival, 2014, directed by Jean-Pierre Loisil

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Recorded live at Annecy Classic Festival, 2014, directed by Jean-Pierre Loisil

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Recorded in August 2014 at Annecy Festival, directed by Pierre-Martin Juban

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Zoltán Kocsis

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

Recorded in August 2014 at Annecy Festival, directed by Pierre-Martin Juban

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Zoltán Kocsis

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Recorded live at Annecy Classic Festival, 2014, directed by Jean-Pierre Loisil

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

Schubert:

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor

Shchedrin:

Elégie for piano solo

Recorded in August 2014 at Annecy Festival, directed by Pierre-Martin Juban


Pianist Denis Matsuev sets himself apart by his powerful playing and his unrivalled agility serving musical works just as virtuoso. Together with the conductors Yuri Temirkanov and Zoltán Kocsis and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, they performed works by the Russian composers Mussorgsky and Shchedrin and by Liszt and Elgar.

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Time: 103 mins

Production years: 2014

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EuroArts - 8024275528

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Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3

Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3

Orchestrations


Chabrier:

Menuet Pompeux

orch. Ravel

Debussy:

Sarabande

orch. Ravel

Danse (1891)

orch. Ravel

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

orch. Ravel


Maurice Ravel’s incomparable skill in orchestration and command of orchestral colour is evident both in his own works and in his orchestrations of music by other composers. His versions of both Chabrier’s vibrant Menuet pompeux and the colourful commedia dell’arte figures of Schumann’s Carnaval were commissions for ballet, while new life was given to his late friend Debussy’s Sarabande et Danse at the request of publisher Jean Jobert. Ravel’s iconic orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition makes telling use of a large orchestra, vividly depicting scenes that range from the playful to the macabre.

“A mixed bag overall, but the Schumann is a rarity and worth having.” MusicWeb International, 1st July 2016

Naxos Ravel Orchestral Works - 8573124

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

arr. Ravel

Berliner Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Yefim Bronfman (piano)


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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!

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition & Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition & Stravinsky: Firebird Suite


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Berliner Philharmoniker

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra


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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

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Editor's Choice - March 2012

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