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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Balakirev / Béroff, Smith


Release Date: 10/23/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 97695  
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyMily Balakirev
Performer:  Michel BéroffRonald Smith
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Though there are better-known recordings of the original solo piano version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition -- one thinks immediately of Vladimir Horowitz and Sviatoslav Richter -- Michel Béroff's recording has many things to recommend it. Béroff has the technique to take on Mussorgsky's excessively difficult piano writing, and he has the guts to go flat-out in "The Hut on Fowl's Leg" and "The Great Gates of Kiev." He also has the brains to include the rest of Mussorgsky's piano works, and while none of those works are anywhere near in the same league as Pictures, they are generally melodic, energetic, and atmospheric.

-- James Leonard, AllMusic.com


...Ronald
Read more Smith’s thoughtful and very intelligent performance (available as part of a 2 disk set, coupled with Michel Béroff’s recording of Pictures at an Exhibition and much more Mussorgsky and Balakirev by the two pianists - EMI Gemini 3976962).

-- Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Michel Béroff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
2.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Ronald Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Russia 
3.
Mazurka for Piano no 6 in A flat major by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Ronald Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
4.
Spanish melody for Piano by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Ronald Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
5.
Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey" by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Ronald Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1902; Russia 

Sound Samples

Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Gnome
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Old Castle
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Tuileries
Pictures at an Exhibition: Bydlo
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Pictures at an Exhibition: Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Market Place in Limoges
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Catacombs
Pictures at an Exhibition: Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Hut on Fowl's Legs.
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate of Kiev.
Scherzo in B flat major (allegro vivace) (2007 Digital Remaster)
Turkish March (alla marcia)
Porte-enseigne polka
Deux souvenirs d'enfance: Niania et moi
Deux souvenirs d'enfance: Première punition
Souvenir d'enfance Nr.3
Une plaisanterie d'enfants "Ein Kinderscherz"
Intermezzo in B minor
La Caprisieuse (on a theme of Count L. Heyden)
Scherzo in C Sharp minor
Impromptu passionné
Sur la Côte d'Azur de la Crimée (Gurzuf)
Près de la Côte d'Azur en Crimée (Capriccio)
Méditation (Feuillet d'album)
Une Larme
La Couturière (Scherzino)
Au village
Gopak
Piano Sonata in B flat minor (2007 Digital Remaster): I. Andantino
Piano Sonata in B flat minor (2007 Digital Remaster): II. Mazurka: Moderato
Piano Sonata in B flat minor (2007 Digital Remaster): III. Intermezzo: Larghetto
Piano Sonata in B flat minor (2007 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco
Scherzo in B flat minor
Mazurka No.6 in A flat
Melodie espagnole
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

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