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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - original piano version & the Ravel orchestration / Alexander Warenberg, piano; Igor Markevitch, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch.

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  1. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 1 $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 1, Gnomus $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 2 $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 2, Il vecchio castello $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 3 $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 3, Tuileries $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 4, Bydlo $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 4 $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 5, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 6, Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 7, Limoges. The Market $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 8, Catacombae. Sepulcrum romanum – Con mortuis in lingua mortua $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 10, The Great Gate of Kiev $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Mussorgsky — Night on Bare Mountain
  15. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 1 - No. 1, Gnomus $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 2 - No. 2, Il vecchio castello $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 3 - No. 3, Tuileries $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 4, Bydlo $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 4 - No. 5, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 6, Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 5 - No. 7, Limoges. The Market $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 8, Catacombae. Sepulcrum romanum - Con mortuis in lingua mortua $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 10, The Great Gate of Kiev $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 1, January. By the Fireside $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 2, February. Shrovetide Festival $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 3, March. Song of the Lark $0.69 on iTunes
  27. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 4, April. Snowdrop $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 5, May. White Nights $0.69 on iTunes
  29. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 6, June. Barcarolle $0.69 on iTunes
  30. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 7, July. Song of the Reaper $0.69 on iTunes
  31. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 8, August. Harvest $0.69 on iTunes
  32. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 9, September. The Hunt $0.69 on iTunes
  33. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 10, October. Autumn Song $0.69 on iTunes
  34. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 11, November. Troika $0.69 on iTunes
  35. Mussorgsky — The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 12, December. Yuletide $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on Bald Mountain (Noch' na Lïsoy gore), symphonic poem, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Les saisons, Op. 37b
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The drunken sot who glares out at us from Ilya Repin’s celebrated portrait looks more like a tramp than a composer, and Mussorgsky’s music has a similarly uncompromising expressive power, music that seems to work despite rather than because of itself. Pianists have wrestled with the unpianistic corners of his most famous work since he composed it in 1874 in memory of his friend, the painter Viktor Hartmann, who had died the previous year. Mussorgsky portrayed some of Hartmann's pictures in music when they were displayed at an exhibition in Saint Petersburg. The cycle of ten individual paintings is linked by the famous ‘promenade’, symbolising the viewer of the pictures wandering through the exhibition. Hartmann’s bold and puzzling vignettes find their perfect analogue in Mussorgsky’s pianistic reimagining, but fellow composers could hardly leave the orchestral potential of this often-awkward music alone. Ravel wasn’t the first to mix his orchestral palette with Mussorgsky’s colours, but his version has justly stood the test of time, and stands alone for its sensitivity to the pungent, folkloristic flavour of the original. Here is a rare and useful opportunity to compare the two versions side by side (the composer and conductor Igor Markevitch was a celebrated interpreter of Pictures; this is his third recording), followed by another well-known piece of Mussorgsky music (Night on Bare Mountain). The compilation ends with another set of genre pieces – this time by fellow-Russian Tchaikovsky, whose delightful The Seasons, divided into 12 movements that rather present the months of the year, are similar in intention but ultimately very different to Mussorgsky’s Pictures. Other information: * ‘Markevitch has succeeded in bringing out the purely Russian nature of the score while most of the other conductors seem to be unduly influenced by Ravel’s orchestration.' (Gramophone)

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
Ravel's orchestration of Pictures, performed with freshness and vision by Markevitch and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, is coupled with a slightly under-characterised account of the piano original.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: De Doelen Rotterdam (05/1973); Remonstrantse Kerk Deventer (05/1973); Versöhnungskirche, Leipzig (05/1973); De Doelen Rotterdam (12/2000); Remonstrantse Kerk Deventer (12/2000); Versöhnungskirche, Leipzig (12/2000).



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>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel
  • Conductor: Igor Markevitch
  • Ensemble: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
  • Running Time: 29 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1922

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on Bald Mountain (Noch' na Lïsoy gore), symphonic poem, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Conductor: Igor Markevitch
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano
  • Performer: Alexander Warenberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Les saisons, Op. 37b
  • Performer: Alexander Warenberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876