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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Stravinsky / Levine


Release Date: 02/06/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 437531   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyIgor Stravinsky
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...the unanimity and clarity of ensemble are worthy of Reiner himself, as is the theatrical presentation of character, though that character is often very different. Levine's treatment of the troubadour's song in ''The Old Castle'' is richly operatic, with a pronounced slide for the rising fifth when the divided first violins take over the song (from 1'04''). And slow phrases are always shaped with generosity: the first phrase in ''Cum Mortuis'' from oboes and cor anglais, a ghostly fragment of the ''Promenade'' theme, is both atmospheric and expressive. Then there is the bold colouring, not least in ''Baba Yaga's'' descent to Neidhohle (well, almost) with the fruitiest tuba and contrabassoon (track 14 from 2'01''). And, in the same picture Read more (and throughout The Rite), another Levine hallmark: the formidable power of timpani and bass drum; projected by DG with the kind of presence that is the answer to every percussion fan's dream.

-- John Steane, Gramophone [11/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 33 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2. Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 33 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1947
Composition written: Switzerland (1911 - 1913).
Composition revised: USA (1943). 

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