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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain, Sennacherib, Salammbō, Oedipus, Joshua [Live]

Claudio Abbado, Prague Philharmonic Choir Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Dec 1994)
  • SPARS Code: AAD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0000012VG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Mussorgsky: A Night On The Bare MountainBerliner Philharmoniker12:41£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mussorgsky: The Destruction Of SennacheribBerliner Philharmoniker 5:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mussorgsky: Salammbō - Chorus Of PriestessesBerliner Philharmoniker 5:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mussorgsky: Oedipus In Athens - Chorus Of People In The TempleBerliner Philharmoniker 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mussorgsky: JoshuaBerliner Philharmoniker 5:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - PromenadeBerliner Philharmoniker 1:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - GnomusBerliner Philharmoniker 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - PromenadeBerliner Philharmoniker 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Old CastleBerliner Philharmoniker 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - PromenadeBerliner Philharmoniker0:33£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Tuileries GardensBerliner Philharmoniker 1:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - BydloBerliner Philharmoniker 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - PromenadeBerliner Philharmoniker0:44£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Ballet Of The Chickens In Their ShellsBerliner Philharmoniker 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Samuel Goldenberg And SchmuyleBerliner Philharmoniker 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Marketplace At LimogesBerliner Philharmoniker 1:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)Berliner Philharmoniker 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Cum mortuis in lingua mortuaBerliner Philharmoniker 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Hut On Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)Berliner Philharmoniker 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Great Gate Of KievBerliner Philharmoniker 5:15£0.79  Buy MP3 

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music! 27 Sep 2001
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"Night on the Bare Mountain" is here played in it's original version, not the well-known Rimsky-Korsakov's arrangement. Nevertheless, the original version seems to be more rythmically striking and somewhat more crude. This version sounds to me more colourful than obscure.
The choral works are very-well sung and played, filled with remarkable splendour, Elena Zaremba' singing being pleasantly persuasive.
"Pictures from an Exhibition" is simply beautiful... From the distant melancholy of "The Old Castle" to the triumphant "Great Gate at Kiev" there isn't a single boring minute.
The orchestral playing is really good and sound quality of this CD lets you enjoy every bit of music, every detail, every tone.
I say that this is definitly a must-have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mussorgsky disc to top my list 2 Mar 2014
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I purchased this disc a year or so ago essentially because of the chance to hear the Mussorgsky "Night on Bald Mountain" as opposed to the Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov version and the differences are fascinating and convincing. It was also an opportunity to hear these rare choral pieces.

I wasn't really looking for another reading of "Pictures"', but as it happens my choice led me to the finest account so far in my collection: in terms of the beautifully recorded sound which opens out so fully and is so realistically detailed and in terms of one of Abbado's greatest performances on recordings. These are beautifully paced readings, well characterised but above all the playing breathes and there is a sense of "space" or "elasticity" in the conducting that allows these pictures to develop. The sound is even more amazing when I read in the notes that this is a live recording. Although my other classic versions have special qualities, this Abbado recording is an extraordinary artistic and technical achievement and it makes an easy first choice for this score. I recently learnt after my purchase that this was selected as a BBC Radio 3 library first choice for "Pictures" and I am not in the least surprised!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy 21 July 2013
By Richard
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Item as advertised, good condition and price. Recommended performances - especially the Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
live from 1993.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mussorgsky from a Specialist 16 Jan 2013
By oldfolks - Published on Amazon.com
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Claudio Abbado, to my knowledge, is the only major conductor to record entire non-opera recordings devoted to Mussorgsky. This is his third such recording, although all the works on this recording are re-recordings that Abbado made earlier for RCA and DG.

Abbado seems to have a preference for the original version of Night on Bald Mountain, rather than the more common Rimsky-Korsakov arrangement of the work. The original version is quite different from the re-orchestrated version, and Mussorgsky has some interesting ideas. The structure of the tone-poem in Mussorgsky's hands in quite loose and episodic, and it is clear why Rimsky-Korsakov felt that he needed to re-orchestrate it. I just wish, however, that Rimsky-Korsakov would have used more of Mussorsky's unique tonal palette in his orchestration.

The four choral pieces on this disk are all short, pleasant, and well worth hearing. The sequence of the pieces make for a very satifying whole.

The real reason to buy this disk, however, if for Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Abbado recorded it earlier in 1981 with the London Symphony, and his interpretation had changed little when this recording was made. Compared to the 1986 version by Karajan with this orchestra, Abbado is more poetic and less dramatic than Karajan. The performance is very satifying in its own right, even though it lacks the "wow" factor of the Karajan recording.

The live recordings are warm, with great impact where appropriate. The bass drum and the tam-tam in Pictures are superbly caught.

I slightly prefer the Karajan in Pictures, but this certainly a fine alternative.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mussorgsky, Abbado, And Berlin (Review #1) 1 May 2013
By Erik North - Published on Amazon.com
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Alongside such works as Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre", and Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique", Modest Mussorgsky's "A Night On Bald Mountain" is one of the best-known works to delve into the world of the macabre. But what is not so well known is the fact that this "musical painting", as the composer called it, was worked at in four different permutations, both during the composer's life, and long after he had died. Three of these are purely orchestral in nature: the arrangement made by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov that the vast majority of the music-listening public has most often heard; the arrangement by Leopold Stokowski for the final segment of Disney's 1940 animated classic FANTASIA (which segues into Franz Schubert's beloved "Ave Maria"); and the composer's own extremely primitive original orchestration. It is this latter one that is the centerpiece of this 1994 Deutsche Grammophon recording by Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Whereas most recordings of "Night" utilize the re-orchestration that Rimsky-Korsakov made, supposedly at the composer's suggestion (with its tranquil conclusion, after all that nightmarism), Abbado, on his second recording of the work, has chosen to stick with the composer's own version; and although exceptionally primitive, it can be argued that this work went a long way to laying the groundwork for Igor Stravinsky in the first fifteen years of the 20th century ("The Firebird", and, especially, "The Rite Of Spring" may owe quite a lot to this work). It is an interesting concept that Abbado and the Berliners float here; and the recording is made even more interesting by the presence of four of the composer's works for chorus and orchestra: "The Destruction Of Sennacherib"; "Salammbo"; "Oedipus In Athens", and "Joshua." These are works that may owe a debt to the short works for chorus and orchestra that Brahms had done (e.g. "Alto Rhapsody", "Nanie", etc.), but which are nowhere near as well known, for the simple reason that they are in Russian. Abbado concludes this recording with the composer's famous piano piece "Pictures At An Exhibition" in the orchestral transcription by Maurice Ravel that, in spite of many other competing versions (including Stokowski's), still remains the one the public wants to hear the most.

Because Abbado and the Berliners went and did the choral version of "Night On Bald Mountain" for Sony two years later, and because this particular version of the work had been recorded by Abbado back in the early 1980s for RCA with the London Symphony Orchestra, one can legitimately wonder if Mussorgsky is to Abbado what Mahler was for, say, Leonard Bernstein: a personal obsession. This is probably far-fetched, but it's then better to say that Abbado had a knack for delving into very little known aspects of Mussorgsky's compositional output to find things of value, things that, while they may be upwards of a century and a half old by this time, still feel new. Such is the case on this recording, which is why close attention should be paid to it.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive take on a real treasure! 22 Aug 2011
By Seeker of Good Things - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew little about Mussorgsky before buying this album, except for his "Night on Bald Mountain", which I had heard conducted by Karajan. I settled on this version - conducted by Abbado - after comparing Abbado and Karajan's versions of the finale to Wagner's Parsifal: Karajan's sound is slick with a solid tempo, but lacks the emotional power and power of Abbado's. The same can be said of Night.

This disc is a beautiful collage of stand-alone pieces by Mussorgsky, also including his "Pictures at an Exhibition". The later is interesting, recalling the folk-inspired pieces of Dvorak and Bartok. But the stand-alone pieces are the real gems, the titular Night soars, but the more ethereal The Destruction Of Sennacherib and joyful Joshua will stay in your memories, and Abbado imbues both with emotion and a tinge of sadness that will haunt you long after the music ends.

This CD made me fall in love with Mussorgsky, and led me to his other works (including Boris Godunov, also conducted superbly by Abbado). This CD will make me forgive maestro Abbado almost anything. A window into a fascinating world.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great works 17 May 2014
By Regina M. Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
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Mussorgsky's work is energetic and brilliant. It's one you can listen to repeatedly and never get bored. There's always a new nuance to discover.
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