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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition / Ashkenazy

Mussorgsky / Pao / Ashkenazy
Release Date: 01/09/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000797302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"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 scoring Read 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

1.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by 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. 
2.
Pictures at an Exhibition (arrangements and orchestrations other than Ravel's) by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1982 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Notes: Orchestrated: Vladimir Ashkenazy  

Sound Samples

Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade - Gnomus
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade - The Old Castle
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade - The Tuileries - Bydlo
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade - Ballet of Unhatched chicks - 2 Polish Jews
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Market Place at Limoges - The Catacombs
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Hut on Fowls Legs - The Great Gate of Kiev
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Vladimir Ashkenazy: Promenade - Gnomus
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Vladimir Ashkenazy: Promenade - The old castle
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Vladimir Ashkenazy: Promenade - Tuileries - Bydlo
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Vladimir Ashkenazy: Promenade - Ballet of the unhatched chicks - 2 Polish Jews
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Vladimir Ashkenazy: Promenade - The Market Place at Limoges
Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Vladimir Ashkenazy: The Hut on Fowls Legs - The Great Gate of Kiev

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