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Expanded Edition - Mussorgsky, Rimsky-korsakov / Szell, Etc


Release Date: 09/30/2003 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 93019   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovAnatole LiadovAlexander Borodin
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony Masterworks' new "Expanded Edition" offers well-known recordings newly remastered using DSD technology, along with "bonus" material extending the playing time of the original LP (not the previous CD edition, if any), all at a very attractive price. The question for most collectors is a simple one: does it sound better? The answer, without reservation, is "Yes"--at least for this present issue, which offers Szell's magnificent Pictures at an Exhibition, already well known from its Essential Classics incarnation, alongside sensationally virtuosic renditions of Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol and Bordin's Polovtsian Dances. Liadov's The Enchanted Lake and Mussorgsky's Dawn on the Moskva River provide mellower contrast, and although Read more Russian music was not an area in which Szell made his reputation, both he and the Cleveland Orchestra are on top form throughout. Sonically the performances feature a more open top, enhanced clarity, and richer bass than any previous edition, making this a truly first class experience on all counts. At the price, it's a steal.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Khovanshchina: Act 1 Prelude "Dawn on the Moscow River" by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
2.
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
3.
The enchanted lake, Op. 62 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1909; Russia 
4.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1869 - 1887). 
5.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 

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