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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Borodin: Symphony no 2, etc / Rattle, Berlin PO

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition
>Borodin, Alexander : Symphony no 2 in B minor
>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For the famous Silvesterkonzert performance this New Year's Eve at the Berlin Philharmonie, Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker have chosen Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition,' a work beloved by audiences of all ages. 'Pictures' is widely known for its many uses in movies and TV programs, and for its wide variety of moods and colorful orchestrations courtesy of Ravel. Rattle chose the work as the centerpiece in order to attract a broader-than-usual audience to the concert to help bring classical music to a wider public.

On 31 December 2007 the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle rang in the New Year with a Silvesterkonzert in Berlin's Philharmonie. The repertoire consists of Mussorgsky's ever-popular Pictures at an Exhibition and the Symphony No.2 and Polovtsian Dances by Borodin. The gala concert was broadcast by television stations in Germany, Austria and Japan. EMI Classics microphones were on hand to record the festive occasion with the resulting CD and downloads to be available in January, within two weeks of the event. The downloads, which include the Prelude to Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina as a digital exclusive track, may be pre-ordered from Christmas. A video diary following the making of the recording will be accessible via the album minisite from December. Sir Simon and the BPO follow the concept of their 04/05 Silvesterkonzert release of Orff's Carmina Burana and have again chosen popular repertoire which will guarantee a broader-than-usual audience at the Philharmonie and another bestselling album. In a career spanning more than thirty years, Simon Rattle has distinguished himself through his long-term relationships with a number of orchestras, wide-ranging repertoire and innovative educational and audience-building activities. He is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as Principal Artist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is a Founding

Gramophone Magazine
In Pictures at an Exhibition I cannot imagine a performance truer to the finesse of Ravel's scoring. In the opening "Promenade" alone there are myriad subtleties of phasing and dynamics. What we have here is a sequence of exquisitely crafted miniatures; the French-ness of Ravek's fastidious work is everywhere.



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Works Details

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (12/29/2007-12/31/2007)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1922

>Borodin, Alexander : Symphony no 2 in B minor
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (12/29/2007-12/31/2007)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1869-1876

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: Polovtsian Dances
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (12/29/2007-12/31/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887