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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Stravinsky: Firebird Suite / Giulini

Release Date: 01/14/1991 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 45935   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyIgor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The two performances on this CD reflect Carlo Maria Giulini's late conducting style, with slowish tempos matched to a directness of expression and solidity of articulation that makes the music sound especially sumptuous. In Pictures at an Exhibition he draws playing from the Berlin Philharmonic that's notable for its variety of color (the brass in Catacombs is breathtaking) and rhythmic alacrity--qualities not always found in the ensemble's other recordings.

Turning to the Firebird suite, Stravinsky's multi-faceted score rarely has sounded with such vividness and clarity of detail, all brilliantly rendered by the Concertgebouw Orchestra (the woodwind playing alone is so lively that you can hear pre-echoes of the composer's Le
Read more Sacre du Printemps). Giulini's intense manner, with full note values scrupulously observed, makes the orchestra as a whole resonate beautifully.

So, while these performances are really more about the orchestras and less about the composers, Sony's engineers capture them in some of the best sound ever from both venues, making this disc a highly engaging listening experience. And it's available once again through Arkivmusic.com's "on-demand" service.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1945;   
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 23 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Version: Original 
Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Church, Dahlem, Berlin  
Length: 36 Minutes 25 Secs. 

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