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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Songs and Dances of Death; Night on Bare Mountain / Mariinsky Orch., Gergiev

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  1. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: I. Promenade (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: II. No. 1, The Gnome (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: III. Interlude, Promenade (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: IV. No. 2, The Old Castle (Orch. by Modest Mussorgsky) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: V. Interlude, Promenade (Orch. by Modest Mussorgsky) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: VI. No. 3, Tuileries (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: VII. No. 4, Cattle (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: VIII. Interlude, Promenade (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: IX. No. 5, The Ballet of Unhatched Chicks in their Shells (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: X. No. 6, Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: XI. No. 7, The Market at Limoges (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: XII. No. 8, Catacombs (A Roman Tomb) (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: XIII. With the Dead, in a Dead Language (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition: XV. No. 10, The Great Gate of Kiev (Orch. by Maurice Ravel) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Mussorgsky — Songs and Dances of Death: I. Lullaby (Orch. by Dmitri Shostakovich) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Mussorgsky — Songs and Dances of Death: II. Serenade (Orch. by Dmitri Shostakovich) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Mussorgsky — Songs and Dances of Death: III. Trepak (Orch. by Dmitri Shostakovich) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Mussorgsky — Songs and Dances of Death: IV. The Field Marshal (Orch. by Dmitri Shostakovich) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Mussorgsky — Night on Bare Mountain

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs and dances of death
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on Bald Mountain (Noch' na Lïsoy gore), symphonic poem, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Conductor Valery Gergiev, at his finest in the repertoire featured here, and the Mariinsky Orchestra, celebrate the 19th c. Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky with the release of two of his most cherished works, Pictures at an Exhibition and Night on Bare Mountain (in its original version) alongside the composer's Songs and Dances of Death (sung by Ferruccio Furlanetto), a work left in a shambolic, unpublished state at the time of his death, but now recognized as one of his major artistic accomplishments

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Gergiev offers us a standard-issue Pictures in the Ravel orchestration. The conductor may have a reputation as a showman. The snappy, fast movements like 'Tuileries', 'Ballet of the Chicks', Schmuyle in 'Samuel Goldberg and Schmuyle', and 'Limoges' aren't exactly slow, but they are rather measured. More exciting is Gergiev's take on the ever favorite Night on the Bare Mountain. Gergiev and his players dig in and don't seem afraid to risk going over the top a bit. Great stuff. The Songs and Dances of Death are music one respects more than loves. Furlanetto has the rich, dark, murky bass for it. An excellent performance. Maintaining the standards set with previous releases, the Mariinsky label offers superb, spacious, colorful SACD sound. I like the way it brings out the inner detail of Ravel's orchestration and the overall breadth of the sound stage from the Mariinsky Concert Hall.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, R.



Reviews

Amazing interpretation of Pictures and other works by Gergiev and the Marinsky Orchestra
It is not often that I hear a recording of the orchestral version of “Pictures at an Exhibition” that makes me sit back and go “WOW”, but this SACD does just that. The dynamic range that Mr. Gergiev and the Marinsky orchestra explore is stunning and gives great depth to the performance as a whole. This is breathtakingly evident in the “Il vecchio castello” movement (track 4) – the saxophone is breathy and warm, and the mood is captivating. The horn work in track 7, “Bydlo”, is as strong and evocative as the strings and particularly the bass section – glorious. And the “Ballet des poussins dans leurs coques” (track 9) is delightfully done, making this listener grin. Track 13, “Cum mortuis in lingua mortua” is dark and gloomy, and extremely well-defined, with every nuance captured faithfully. And the closing “La grande porte de kiev” is everything you would expect it to be. Start to finish this interpretation is wonderful!

The second work on the CD is Mussorgsky’s “Songs and Dances of Death”, orchestrated by Shostakovich. The four songs are sung by Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass), and his voice is well-suited to the material indeed. Particularly gripping is the 2nd song “Serenade”, performed on behalf of “Death the Beau” according to the informative liner notes. The Russian language is rich and powerful throughout the entire work.

The last work is Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bare Mountain”, and it is sweeping music originally composed for a play called “The Witches”. Here the liner notes provide interesting background having to do with the subject of the witches, their Sabbath, and the 6 years it took to compose the piece. Mr. Gergiev is just as at home here as he is in the two other works, and the orchestra clearly gives him everything he is asking for and then some. A remarkable performance of this classic Russian work.

The sound quality of this CD is amazing, the clarity astonishing, and the warmth and mood of the music ever present. It is obvious that the musicians and Mr. Gergiev were giving everything they had to give during the recording sessions, and we are fortunate that technology used resulted in a SACD of this quality. It is *amazing*. Highly recommended.

Submitted on 05/04/15 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia (2014-06-10&2014-06-21&2014-)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1922

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs and dances of death
  • Performer: Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia (02/05/2010/02/07/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1962

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on Bald Mountain (Noch' na Lïsoy gore), symphonic poem, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia (06/10/2014/07/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886