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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc / Maazel, Cleveland


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80042   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 41 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The CD issue of Telarc's famous Mussorgsky coupling deserves a special accolade. It represents the high-water mark of this small american company's extraordinarily confident creation of a highly-spectacular and yet natural orchestral balance, with the use of simple microphone techniques. Jack Renner, the company's President, was well aware of his debt to the late Bob Fine of Mercury, responsible for the pioneering series of mono recordings of the fifties and stereo recordings of the sixties, using at first one and then two or three microphones; also the impressive late fifties RCA stereo recordings achieved with similar techniques, recording Reiner in Chicago and Munch in Boston. Yet the Telarc digital recordings, following in this same Read more tradition achieved new standards, especially in the glowing acoustic of Severance Hall, Cleveland. The series made with the Cleveland Symphonic Winds under Fennell and the full Cleveland Orchestra under Maazel create a vivid impression of realism, of the full panoply of wind or orchestral tone spread out in a natural perspective before the listener, the only quirk of balance being an occasionally over-insistent bass drum.

The coupling of Pictures and Night on the Bare Mountain dates from 1979 (the year of Decca's digital LP Debut with Boskovsky's New Year Strauss family concert) but is in my view in advance of anything that the multi-national companies were achieving digitally at that time. The sonic splendour of the closing picture, ''The Great Gate of Kiev'', with brass and strings converging in a glorious amplitude of tone, capped by the cymbals, is one of the most exciting climaxes I have heard on a disc. It richness is anticipated at the very beginning of Night on the Bare Mountain (it comes first) which is arresting from the opening bars. Both performances are fine ones . . . . Abbado (DG) and especially Solti on Decca (where the clarity is clinical) offer rather sharper detail, but the Telarc climaxes are special.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/20/1978 
Venue:  Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 10 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 
2.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/20/1978 
Venue:  Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio  
Length: 30 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Great April 4, 2012 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "You can't go wrong with a Telarc recording of the Cleveland Orchestra. Both of the works featured here are done with great clarity. Maazel really lets the Orchestra run in these performances which it a real treat." Report Abuse
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