"Ashkenazy tells us in the notes with this CD (incidentally they are both extensive and interesting with excellent thumbnail descriptions of each picture - one day we shall, hopefully, get a record which includes reproductions) that he always thinks in terms of orchestral colour when at the keyboard, and that in making his own orchestration he has "been guided by the deeper undercurrents of this predominantly dark-coloured piece". To have his piano version and orchestration together is salutary, and the CD banding allows one to move back and forward at will. Interestingly, tempos in the orchestral performance, except for the opening "Promenade", are in all cases marginally slower...In the orchestral version he is very broad, and the scoringRead more emphasizes the religious connotation of Mussorgsky's use of a Russian Orthodox chant...Ashkenazy's score corrects "a number of textual errors which probably resulted from his [Ravel's] use of a poor edition of the piano score." - Gramophone, [May, 1986] Read less
Works on This Recording
Pictures at an Exhibition for Pianoby Modest Mussorgsky Performer:
Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1874; Russia Date of Recording: 06/1982 Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England Length: 31 Minutes 48 Secs.
'Authentic' MussorgskyAugust 4, 2016By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"Vladimir Ashkenazy plays and conducts Mussorgsky's famous Pictures at an Exhibition in what amounts to a 2 for 1 package. I am not sure of the exact date of either the piano or orchestral recordings, but the date listed by Decca on the CD cover says 1983, indicating that he made both recordings in the very early 1980's. To lead off, he performs the solo piano version of the work, and it is a deeply satisfying experience indeed. Of interest is Ashkenazy's own commentary in the CD notes, in which he says that he corrected some small textual errors in the copied manuscripts used in many modern recordings. I'm certainly no technical expert here, but his piano account certainly sounded authentic. As for the orchestral version, Ashkenazy's work to restore the original score makes it possible to call this the Ashkenazy orchestration, as opposed to Ravel's paradigmatic effort. Are the differences substantial enough to create an entirely new interpretation? Not really. With illustrious sound of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Mussorgsky's Pictures sounds just as brilliant as any other recording of this masterpiece that comes to mind. The chance to compare the piano and orchestral versions on the same disk in just over an hour is enough by itself to recommend this CD. Good stuff!!"Report Abuse