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Bernstein Century - Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition


Release Date: 09/29/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60693   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Jennie TourelLeonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"St. John's Night on Bare Mountain" is an arrangement by Rimsky-Korsakov of an intermezzo from Mussorgsky's incomplete opera, 'Sorochintsy Fair.' An orchestral showcase, this work is given a feverish performance by Bernstein in this classic 1965 performance. 'Songs and Dances of Death' is a harrowing work for voice and piano that never relinquishes the specter of death. Intended for a low voice, this riveting performance features the mezzo-soprano Jennie Tourel accompanied by Bernstein at the piano.
The main work on this CD is Mussorgsky's monumental 'Pictures at an Exhibition,' originally a solo piano work inspired by an 1874 memorial exhibition of paintings by the composer's friend Victor Hartmann, who died in 1873. However,
Read more Maurice Ravel's orchestration of 1922 is the version that is best known today. While many of the paintings are now lost, we can hear between the renditions of the "Promenade" (meant to suggest the composer strolling around the gallery) a variety of moods that the composer used to evoke the content of the paintings. Or as Mussorgsky wrote shortly after the work was completed, "My spiritual reflection appears in the interludes. So far I believe it to be successful." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/14/1958 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York  
Length: 27 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/16/1965 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 11 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 
3.
Songs and dances of death by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano), Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1877; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/13/1950 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 22 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 

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