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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2; Mussorgsky: Pictures; Night On Bare Mountain

Audio Samples

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on the Bare Mountain
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on the Bare Mountain
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following on the success of their first release for Onyx, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits turn to music from the Ukraine. The 'Little Russian,' Tchaikovsky's most overtly nationalistic symphony, uses folk songs from the Ukraine and is the nearest the composer came to fulfilling the musical and cultural ideals proposed by 'The Mighty Handful.' This group of composers - Borodin, Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui and Mussorgsky - rejected the Western influences on Russian culture and looked to the music, folklore and history of Mother Russia for inspiration. Mussorgsky composed A Night on the Bare Mountain in 1867. It is a striking work, quite shocking in its modernity. Inspired by paintings by his friend Victor Harmann, the suite Pictures at an Exhibition was originally written for piano in 1874 and was orchestrated by Maurice Ravel in 1922. It further displays Mussorgsky's supreme gift for graphic evocation.

"Karabits encourages the players to dig deep into the music, pounding out the rhythms sturdily, in the Tchaikovsky especially, rather than bustling ahead nervously. At 82 minutes this is a generous, as well as an enjoyable CD." -The Observer

"Strong rhythmic definition, clarity of orchestral texture and firmly controlled impetus give the Tchaikovsky a definite boost. Karabits coaxes a ripe, full sound from the Bournemouth players and encourages broad bowings from the strings that add weight to the sonority. Equally he allows for individual instrumental colours to tell..Karabits is an inspired architect." -The Daily Telegraph

"[It] has everything we expect from a Tchaikovsky interpreter of the Moscow school - colour, sweep, majesty, but not a whiff of indulgence. The Bournemouth orchestra responds with style and drive - all wind sections in superlative form - and a symphony that is often dismissed as a poor relation of its better known successors comes across as a masterpiece." -The Financial Times

The Observer
Karabits encourages the players to dig deep into the music, pounding out the rhythms sturdily, in the Tchaikovsky especially, rather than bustling ahead nervously. At 82 minutes this is a generous, as well as an enjoyable CD.

The Telegraph
Strong rhythmic definition, clarity of orchestral texture and firmly controlled impetus give the Tchaikovsky a definite boost. Karabits coaxes a ripe, full sound from the Bournemouth players and encourages broad bowings from the strings that add weight to the sonority. Equally he allows for individual instrumental colours to tell..Karabits is an inspired architect.

Financial Times
[it] has everything we expect from a Tchaikovsky interpreter of the Moscow school - colour, sweep, majesty, but not a whiff of indulgence. The Bournemouth orchestra responds with style and drive - all wind sections in superlative form - and a symphony that is often dismissed as a poor relation of its better known successors comes across as a masterpiece.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2012
The Musorgsky pieces are superbly performed...Bare Mountain's hair-raising opening sounding genuinely menacing rather than brash, and every cackle of the witches as impersonated by strings and woodwind brought to vivid life. Pictures, too, is a triumph, with Ravel's orchestration telling in every vignette.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2012
If there's a single distinguishing feature of this generously filled disc it's Karabits's determination to convey the grass-roots spirit of the themes which breathe life into these pieces...Characteristically, he is more mindful of the pianistic cragginess of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition than of Ravel's finesse...Karabits is big-boned and earthy, and positively encourages coarser-grained sonorities from his Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Lighthouse, Pool, Dorset (07/12/2011-07/14/2011); The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/12/2011-07/14/2011).



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/12/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1872

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on the Bare Mountain
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/12/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1867

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/12/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1922