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Byron Janis Plays Moussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition


Release Date: 09/20/1994 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 434346   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Byron Janis's Pictures is a performance of stupendous brio, and his Chopin is worth every scintillating note.

Byron Janis's performance dates from 1961 and his admirers will snap up this first release like golddust. For Janis "there has been no greater work for the piano" though changes "enhance certain sonorities": a touch of hyperbole and contradiction. But his actual performance is of a stupendous brio and his Horowitz-honed virtuosity in the final pages is overwhelming in its pace and dynamism. Omitting one "Promenade" he finds time for two encores which, although oddly misplaced, are worth every scintillating note. Chopin's Etude, Op. 25 No. 3 flashes and winks like summer lightning
Read more and in the A minor Waltz the playing is as patrician in style as it is crystalline in technique.

-- Gramophone [2/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1. Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1961 
Venue:  Ballroom Studio A, Fine Recording, NY  
Length: 29 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 3 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1962 
Venue:  Moscow, Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Byron Janis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1962 
Venue:  Moscow, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4. Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/21/1959 
Venue:  Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 29 Minutes 7 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo rustico, senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Gnomus.Sempre vivo
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade.Moderato commodo assai e con delicatezza - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Old Castle.Andantino molto cantabile e con dolore
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade.Moderato non tanto,pesamente - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Tuileries Gardens.Allegretto non troppo troppo,capriccioso
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Bydlo.Sempre moderato,pesante
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade.Tranquillo - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Ballet of the Chickens in Their Shells
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle.Andante.Grave-energico - Andantino
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Market-place at Limoges.Allegretto vivo,sempre scherzando - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum).Largo - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Con mortuis in lingua mortua.Andante non troppo,con lamento
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga).Allegro con brio,feroce - Andante mosso - Allegro molto - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Great Gate Of Kiev
12 Etudes, Op.25: No. 3 in F
Waltz No.3 in A minor, Op.34 No.2
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: Gnomus
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: The Old Castle
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: The Tuileries Gardens
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: Bydlo
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: Ballet of the Chickens in Their Shells
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: The Market-place at Limoges
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel: The Great Gate of Kiev

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 The Presence of MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE!!! September 29, 2012 By Nicholas Dallis (Selden, NY) See All My Reviews "It is safe to say that the quality of talent and musicality of Byron Janus is Top Shelf. However, the amazing reality of the Mercury's "Mercury Living Presence" recording technology of 50 years past is really, really something to cherish and savor. I have read about the husband and wife team of Wilma and Bill Fine. This recording proves that they possessed a miracle like ability to record giving the listener the feeling of being right on stage with the pianist and/or orchestra. It is as though one can hear the piano actually breathing. Wow! I love it!" Report Abuse
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