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Mussorgsky: Russian Songs (orch. Markevitch); Pictures at an Exhibition; Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms / Galina Vishnevskaya, soprpano; Igor Markevitch

Audio Samples

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Russian Folksongs (5), for male chorus
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Russian Folksongs (5), for male chorus
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This release in Praga's Reminiscences series features SACD remasterings of stereo recordings made by the great Russian conductor Igor Markevitch. Recorded in 1953, Markevitch leads the Berlin Philharmonic in Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and from June 1960, Markevitch conducts Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms with the Russian State Academic Choir and Orchestra. The great soprano Galina Vishnevskaya was at her absolute peak in June 1962. She is heard here in Mussorgsky's six Russian Songs performed in arrangements penned by Markevitch himself.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
The Markevitch production is the kind of "from the radio archives" release collectors love. The sound is monophonic. By careful mastering and releasing this on SACD, Praga has extracted extremely good sound from the old tapes. Markevitch's Pictures are very well paced and beautifully played by what was then (1953) Furtwangler's Berlin Philharmonic. The crisp, pungent performance of the original version of the Stravinsky dates from June 1960. The real gem here is the set of six Moussorgsky songs orchestrated by the conductor and sung by Galina Vishnevskaya at the peak of her powers. This is also from a Russian concert, given two years after the Stravinsky, in 1962. It's a very good document of the singer in her prime - and of the quality of the composer's song output.



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Works Details

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Russian Folksongs (5), for male chorus
  • Performer: Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Igor Markevitch
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Notes: Moscow (06/05/1962-06/06/1962)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition
  • Conductor: Igor Markevitch
  • Notes: Berlin (02/21/1953-02/25/1953)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1922

>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms
  • Conductor: Igor Markevitch
  • Notes: Moscow (06/08/1960-06/09/1960)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930