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Mussorgsky Edition

Mussorgsky / Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94670   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Alexander WarenbergG. UstinovRaymond BonteEugené Bousquet,   ... 
Conductor:  Igor MarkevitchIssay DobrowenAtanas MargaritovEvgeny Brazhnik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraORTF National OrchestraRussian Orthodox Cathedral of Paris Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 14 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mussorgsky, an "amateur" composer, was a great innovator of Russian music. He created an essential Russian musical language, in which folklore, Russian legends and fairytales played an important role. He wanted to free himself from Western classical and romantic traditions, and found a bold, raw, unpolished and passionate tone in his music, which speaks directly to the heart in its deep human emotions.

This is the most complete set ever assembled of music by one of the most original composers in the Western canon, whose bold synthesis of native musical and dramatic traditions with an entirely personal grasp of harmony and timing made him influential way beyond the slender size of his eccentrically proportioned and
Read more editorially complex surviving output, which took on huge importance for figures as diverse as Olivier Messiaen, Igor Stravinsky and Harrison Birtwistle.

The works which captured the public's imagination for their pictorial brilliance, such as Night on Bare Mountain and Pictures at an Exhibition, and in performances of authentically hard-headed brilliance, directed by Igor Markevitch. So too is his masterpiece, Boris Godunov, and in a legendary recording featuring perhaps the most renowned interpreter of the doomed and haunted eponymous tsar, Boris Christoff. But in many ways the songs lie at the heart of Mussorgsky's output, not least because they are our purest access to the composer's imagination, the larger-scale pieces sometimes needing and in any case receiving extensive intervention from later admirers and composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich, who wanted Mussorgsky's music to survive way beyond his drunken and chaotic life.

Other information:
- Mussorgsky left many of his works unfinished, or even destroyed them. Several of his works were finished by fellow composers, who also took care of them in "improving" or "cleaning" the sometimes too original (for their taste..) writing.
- This set contains the three surviving operas: Boris Godunow, Khovantchina, Sorochinsky Fair, the complete songs, the piano music (of course the original version of Pictures of an Exhibition), orchestral music (the Rimsky-Korsakov orchestration of the Pictures).
- Excellent, mostly Russian performances by great singers like Boris Christoff (Boris Godunow), Nikolai Gedda, Sergei Leiferkus (songs), conductor Igor Markevich, pianist Alexander Warenberg (magnificent Pictures) and others.
- The largest survey of Mussorgsky's music on CD, the only Edition on the market!
- A worthy successor to the Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin Editions.
- Newly written liner notes in the booklet.
- Booklet contains introduction to Mussorgsky and his music by Malcolm Macdonald.
- Sung texts and extensive booklet notes available at www.brilliantclassics.com. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1973 
Venue:  Leipzig, Versönungskirche 
Length: 20 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2. Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1973 
Venue:  Leipzig, Versönungskirche 
Length: 10 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3. Pictures at an exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Alexander Warenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
4. Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  G. Ustinov (), Raymond Bonte (Tenor), Eugené Bousquet (Bass),
Stanislav Pieczora (Bass), W. Pasternak (Tenor), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Kim Borg (Bass), André Bielecki (Tenor), Eugenia Zareska (Mezzo Soprano),
Boris Christoff (Bass), L. Romanova (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Paris Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1951 
5. A Tear by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nino Gvetadze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
6. Sorochintsy fair: Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nino Gvetadze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
7. Sorochintsy fair: Fair Scene by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nino Gvetadze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1880; Russia 
8. Scherzo for Piano in B flat major by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nino Gvetadze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Russia 
9. On the southern shore of the Crimea by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nino Gvetadze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
10. Méditation by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nino Gvetadze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
11. Impromptu passioné by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nino Gvetadze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Russia 
12. From Memories of Childhood by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nino Gvetadze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Russia 
13. Ein Kinderscherz by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nino Gvetadze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859/1860; Russia 
14. Au village by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nino Gvetadze (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1880; Russia 
15. Near the southern shore of the Crimea by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Russia 
16. Intermezzo for Piano in B minor "in modo classico" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1861; Russia 
17. Khovanshchina by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Dimiter Petkov (Bass), Todor Kostov (Tenor), Ljubomir Bodourov (Tenor),
Stoyan Popov (Bass), Alexandrina Milcheva (Mezzo Soprano), Najejda Dobrianova (Soprano),
Milen Paunov (Tenor), Maria Dimchevska (Soprano), Dimiter Dimitrov (Tenor),
Nicolai Ghiuselev (Bass)
Conductor:  Atanas Margaritov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian National Chorus,  Sofia National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
Language: Russian 
18. Sorochintsy fair by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Evgeny Brazhnik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera Theatre Orchestra,  Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera Theatre Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1880; Russia 
19. Songs and dances of death by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1877; Russia 
20. The nursery by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1872; Russia 
21. Cruel Death: Epitaph by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
22. The misunderstood one by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
23. Misfortune by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
24. The Spirit of Heaven by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
25. Pride by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
26. Is spinning man's work? by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
27. The vision by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
28. Trouble by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
29. On the Dnieper by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1879; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
30. Eremushka's Lullaby by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
31. The feast by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
32. The classicist by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
33. From my tears by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
34. Sunless by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 19 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
35. Where art thou, little star? by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857/1858; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
36. Night by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864/1868; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
37. Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1868; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
38. You drunken sot! by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
39. The orphan by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
40. The magpie by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
41. Child's song by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
42. The ragamuffin by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
43. Evening song by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
44. Gathering mushrooms by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
45. The wanderer by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
46. The garden by the Don by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
47. Hebrew song by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
48. Meines Herzens Sehnsucht by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
49. Ich wollt' meine Schmerzen ergössen by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
50. Méditation by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
51. On the southern shore of the Crimea by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
52. Near the southern shore of the Crimea by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
53. Au village by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
54. Intermezzo for Piano in B minor "in modo classico" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1861; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
55. A Tear by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
56. Sorochintsy fair: Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
57. Impromptu passioné by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
58. The nettle mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
59. Where art thou, little star? by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857/1858; Russia 
60. What are words of love to you? by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Russia 
61. The wild winds blow by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Russia 
62. The outcast by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Russia 
63. Tell me why by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Russia 
64. Salammbô: Balearic Song by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1866; Russia 
65. Sadly rustled the leaves by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Russia 
66. Prayer by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Russia 
67. Old man's song by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Russia 
68. Night by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864/1868; Russia 
69. Lullaby by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Russia 
70. King Saul by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Russia 
71. Kalistratushka by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Russia 
72. I have many palaces and gardens by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Russia 
73. Hour of jollity by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858/1859; Russia 
74. Dear one, why are thine eyes sometimes so cold? by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
75. But if I could meet thee again by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Russia 

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