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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Peter Breiner); Songs and Dances of Death; The Nursery

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  1. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: Promenade I (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: I. Gnomus (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: Promenade II (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: II. Old Castle (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: Promenade III (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: III. Tuileries (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: IV. Bydlo (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: Promenade IV (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: V. Ballet of the Chickens in Their Shells (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: Promenade V (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: VII. The Market-Place At Limoges (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: VIII. Catacombae. Sepulcrum romanum (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: VIII. Cum mortuis in lingua morta (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Mussorgsky — Pictures At an Exhibition: X. The Great Gate At Kiev (Arr. P. Breiner) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Mussorgsky — Pesni i plyaski smerti (Songs and Dances of Death): I. Lullaby [Orchestrated By P. Breiner] $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Mussorgsky — Pesni i plyaski smerti (Songs and Dances of Death): II. Serenade [Orchestrated By P. Breiner] $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Mussorgsky — Pesni i plyaski smerti (Songs and Dances of Death): III. Trepak [Orchestrated By P. Breiner] $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Mussorgsky — Pesni i plyaski smerti (Songs and Dances of Death): IV. The Field-Marshal [Orchestrated By P. Breiner] $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Mussorgsky — Detskaya (The Nursery): I. S nyaney [With Nurse] [Orchestrated By P. Breiner] $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Mussorgsky — Detskaya (The Nursery): II. V uglu [In the Corner] [Orchestrated By P. Breiner] $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Mussorgsky — Detskaya (The Nursery): III. Zhuk [The Beetle] [Orchestrated By P. Breiner] $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Mussorgsky — Detskaya (The Nursery): IV. S kukloy [With the Doll] [Orchestrated By P. Breiner] $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Mussorgsky — Detskaya (The Nursery): V. Na son gryadushchiy [Going to Sleep] [Orchestrated By P. Breiner] $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Mussorgsky — Detskaya (The Nursery): VI. Kot Matros [The Cat Sailor] [Orchestrated By P. Breiner] $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Mussorgsky — Detskaya (The Nursery): VII. Poyekhal na palochke [On the Hobbyhorse] [Orchestrated By P. Breiner] $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs & Dances of Death (Pesni y plyaski smerti; 4), song cycle for voice & piano, edited by Rimsky-
>Mussorgsky, Modest : The nursery
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Originally written as a set of piano pieces, Mussorgsky's splendid Pictures at an Exhibition translates the artistry of the composer's friend Victor Hartmann into unforgettable music. Peter Breiner's new orchestration creates a showpiece for our times, achieving contemporary sounds through unusual instrumental combinations, and right up to a spectacular Great Gate of Kiev performed by 104 musicians. Mussorgsky's remarkable song cycles contrast encounters with death against the often uneasy world of children in The Nursery.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2014
The forces employed are vast...and, granted, there are some intriguing sounds: at the very opening, for example, the orchestra resembles nothing so much as a giant synthesiser...Elsewhere, though, I can't help feeling that too often Mussorgsky's rivetingly original inspiration has been dressed up to sound alarmingly akin to some blockbuster movie soundtrack.

MusicWeb International, 7th January 2014
Breiner here gives every movement the full modern works in terms of orchestration. This gives us a series of pictures in primary tone-colours with very little sense of light and shade...an interesting and valuable addition to the very substantial number of various versions of the work.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Moussorgsky wrote the Pictures for piano. Pictures is far more brilliantly and economically. The final song in the Songs and Dances of Death is 'The Field Marshall', and Breiner makes it a mini tone poem - quite good. The human voice is the one essential element.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (02/07/2012-02/09/2012).



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>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel
  • Conductor: Peter Breiner
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (02/07/2012-02/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1922

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs & Dances of Death (Pesni y plyaski smerti; 4), song cycle for voice & piano, edited by Rimsky-
  • Conductor: Peter Breiner
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (02/07/2012-02/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1875-1877

>Mussorgsky, Modest : The nursery
  • Conductor: Peter Breiner
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (02/07/2012-02/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868-1872