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Claudio Abbado Conducts Mussorgsky / London Symphony


Release Date: 07/26/2007 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 61354   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Zehava Gal
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an important collection of real rarities by Mussorgsky. Many of them are manhandled by Rimsky-Korsakov in game re-orchestrations, but there is more than enough of the original to engage the attention. The early Scherzo in B flat must rank as one of Mussorgsky’s least individual pieces, with its Schubertian good humour. In slow passages Abbado tends to inflate matters, but on balance these are fine performances of rare and precious repertory.

-- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine
This is an important collection of real rarities by Mussorgsky. Many of them are manhandled by Rimsky-Korsakov in game re-orchestrations, but there is more than enough of the original to engage the attention. The early Scherzo in B flat must rank as one of Mussorgsky’s least individual pieces, with its Schubertian good humour. In slow passages Abbado tends to inflate matters, but on balance these are fine performances of rare and precious repertory.

-- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Khovanshchina: Act 1 Prelude "Dawn on the Moscow River" by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
Notes: Orchestrated: Dmitri Shostakovitch (1959) 
2.
Khovanshchina: Galitsyn's Journey by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
Notes: Orchestrated: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1881-83) 
3.
Joshua by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Zehava Gal (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1866; Russia 
Notes: Orchestrated: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 
4.
Salammbô: Chorus of Priestesses by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1866; Russia 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Orchestrated: Nikolai Rimsky-Kosakov 
5.
Scherzo for Piano in B flat major by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Russia 
Notes: Version: Orchestra (1858) 
6.
The destruction of Sennacherib by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866-1867; Russia 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Orchestrated: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 
7.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
8.
Oedipus in Athens: Chorus of People in the Temple by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1860; Russia 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Orchestrated: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 
9.
The capture of Kars by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Zehava Gal (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 

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