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Mussorgsky: Pictures, Bare Mountain; Borodin / Mackerras


Release Date: 08/18/2009 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 91174   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alexander BorodinModest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraLiverpool Philharmonic Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...There are lots of good points that the recording clarity helps to bring out [in Pictures at an Exhibition]. Notable are the cohesion of the brass choir in Catacombs, nicely pointed work in Tuileries by the woodwind and strings, the controlled climax in Bydlo, the attack shown in The Hut on Hen's Legs, the wit in Unhatched Chickens (very lifelike), and an impressive Great Gate at Kiev. There is lots of good work by individuals throughout.

A Night on the Bare Mountain as completed, and modified, by Rimsky-Korsakov after Mussorgsky's death follows. Given a lively, vivid performance helped by an excellent recording the orchestra shines in this showpiece.

The Overture from Prince Igor is splendidly played. The
Read more orchestra is responsive and alert. Thrusting rhythms leading into the second theme (featuring some lovely horn playing), with some excellent responsive shading from the strings and fine wind section contributions. Excellent.

The five short sections which make up the Polovtsian Dances are a treat. The RLPO Chorus makes a telling contribution in No2 (the ladies of the Choir and the Strangers in Paradise theme) and later in the frenetic finale. An exhilarating performance with all involved on top form.

-- Harry Downey, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
2. Prince Igor: Overture by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
3. Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
4. Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 

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