Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on the Bare Mountain


Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on the Bare Mountain by Philips at Your Free Album. MPN: 028946852620. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Valery Gergiev's absorbing traversal of Pictures at an Exhibition stresses composer Mussorgsky's elemental sensibility over Ravel's urbane orchestration. The conductor achieves this by encouraging the Vienna Philharmonic brass to play up their characteristically broad sonority, especially from the elemental choralelike writing in Catacombae until the concluding Great Gate at Kiev's shattering climax. Some of the conductor's rubatos, however, seem grafted on rather than genuinely felt, like the a


Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on the Bare Mountain by Philips
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Valery Gergiev's absorbing traversal of Pictures at an Exhibition stresses composer Mussorgsky's elemental sensibility over Ravel's urbane orchestration. The conductor achieves this by encouraging the Vienna Philharmonic brass to play up their characteristically broad sonority, especially from the elemental choralelike writing in Catacombae until the concluding Great Gate at Kiev's shattering climax. Some of the conductor's rubatos, however, seem grafted on rather than genuinely felt, like the arch clarinet ritard in Tuileries and the overphrased string legatos that bog down The Old Castle's basic pulse. Philips' spacious sonics convey a palpable concert hall ambience (this is, after all, a live recording), yet lack the dynamic impact and vivid detail one still hears from the benchmark Reiner and Szell editions. As a result, Night on the Bare Mountain's swirling momentum sounds diffused and dramatically flat. The Khovanshina Prelude and Gopak, though, make delightful fillers. --Jed Distler

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Manufacturer:
Philips
Category:
Theatrical, Incidental & Program Music
MPN:
028946852620
Release Date:
2002-05-14
UPC:
028946852620
Genre:
Classical
Publisher:
Philips
Audience Rating:
NR (Not Rated)
Creator:
Array
Publication Date:
2002-05-14
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Weight:
0.23 pounds
Item Size:
4.92 x 0.47 x 5.55 inches
Package Weight:
0.22 pounds
Package Size:
4.88 x 0.39 x 5.51 inches

 


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