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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition [Peter Breiner, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra] [Naxos: 8573016]


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  • Conductor: Peter Breiner
  • Composer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00FAY7GEE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pictures at an Exhibition - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
2. Songs and Dances of Death - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
3. The Nursery - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

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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, 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.

Peter Breiner has been associated with some of our most successful orchestral recordings, not least the three disc series of Janáek's Operatic Orchestral Music which were also produced with the excellent New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Volume 1 (8.570555) of this set was a MusicWeb International 'Recording of the Year' and the arrangements in volume 3 (8.570706) described as 'beautifully crafted symphonic suites' by the Chicago Tribune.

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'This Breiner version packs a real punch. It may be less elegant and sophisticated in its approach when compared to Ravel but this is a genuine attempt to produce a powerful, hard-hitting piece of work for the modern day symphony orchestra...Playing standards are exemplary throughout.' --MusicWeb International

'Utterly different in feel and texture to Ravel's celebrated orchestration of Pictures, Peter Breiner demonstrates a special empathy with Musorgsky's startling wold of Romantic primitivism.' --BBC Music Magazine, March 2014

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stevobebo on 10 Jan. 2014
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This is a very different version of Pictures than usual. Not the Ravel orchestration - but reworked and refreshed
Great fun - very interesting.
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Not over impressed. It's certainly different from Ravel - but too self-consciously so for my taste with the orchestral effects diverting attention from the music itself. A shame since I have enjoyed some of Breiner's other work, especially his suites from Janacek operas. Of all the non-Ravel versions I have heard, the one I have enjoyed most is that by Leopold Stokowski - also raw and Russian but in away that sounds much more genuinely so than this over blown Breiner version. The Stokowski version has also been produced by Naxos (Bournemouth SO conducted by Serebrier in 2004). Amazingly, Stokowski/Serebrier takes just under 29 minutes whilst Breiner takes just over 40. The reason is that Stokowski made cuts (Tuileries and Market Place in Limoges), which is of course pretty outrageous. I still find myself going back to the piano version most of all - I love its percussive abrasiveness.
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By Phil on 27 April 2014
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Before I purchased this CD, I haven't listened to Pictures at an Exhibition for years. It had become too clichéd in my mind from over playing of the Ravel's orchestrated version. The new orchestration by Breiner is excellent, it has completely revitalised my admiration for piece. As other's have said, the music sound more Russian now, and slightly more brutal which I find more fitting to Mussorgsky's original piano work. Well worth it.
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By Jet Wind on 26 Mar. 2014
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I know we are invited to write a review of twenty words or more, However in this recording of the Mussorgsky "Pictures At An Exhibition" as arranged by Peter Breiner with him conducting the excellent New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Proves to be a winner over the well oversubscribed Ravel version. Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A relaxed presentation of a new orchestration 27 Jan. 2014
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
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In a booklet note, Maestro Breiner tells us, "In this recording I was trying not to re-create Mussorgsky's orchestral sound, but a contemporary sound instead. I wanted to achieve this without using any unusual instruments and to stay within the limits of the traditional symphony orchestra, but with a substantial expansion in woodwind and percussion as well as unusual combinations and settings.... At the end a body of 104 musicians produces quite a spectacular sound in The Great Gate of Kiev." How well you may like this new version and how you take to Breiner's playing of it are, of course, matters of taste. From my own perspective, I found it a bit more difficult to get over Maestro's Breiner's rather overly relaxed conducting than his own orchestration of the music.

For example, I can't help thinking that some listeners might be a little disappointed with the opening Promenade, which Breiner takes at an almost-funereal pace, at least compared to more-common interpretations from the likes of Reiner, Ansermet, Slatkin, Maazel, and such. Not that Breiner's approach isn't justified, however; many people enjoy taking their time wandering through art museums, studying and enjoying each picture in their own leisurely fashion. It's just that in terms of a musical performance, it doesn't always make for the most exciting or dramatic reading.

And so it goes, with Breiner providing slower than usual tempos throughout but compensating with huge dynamic contrasts as well. The results are certainly different, making some things like The Gnome more characterful (or grotesque, depending) than usual. Moreover, The Old Castle is appropriately gloomy; the peasant oxcart is properly lumbering, even more so than is customary, its pace punctuated by loud thumps from the percussion section; The Ballet of the Chicks is sweet and dancing; the marketplace bustles with energy and activity; and the Catacombs are suitably dark and eerie.

Which brings us to the two closing items, The Hut on Fowl's Legs, the hut of Baba Yaga the witch, and then the imposing Great Gate of Kiev, both of which come off well enough in Breiner's new version and under his easygoing direction. The Hut is especially impressive with its new percussive elements, and even though The Great Gate is slower than we normally hear it, it conveys a significant power and grandeur.

As I mentioned, Breiner says he wanted to create a more contemporary sound with his new orchestration, which he probably does. With all the added woodwinds, it's a smoother, warmer, more sophisticated sound, yet it's one that can also appear leaner than we get from Ravel, despite the expanded number of players. Then, too, while Breiner was going for a more contemporary sound, the added bells and percussion tend to make the whole affair seem more reminiscent of nineteenth-century Russia than modern Russia. In any case, it's a calm, plush, well-upholstered sound that is easy on the ears, helped further by the Naxos engineers.

Although the midrange is a tad soft, the bass and treble sound well extended. Good, strong dynamics complement the presentation and provide for a reasonably realistic hall sound.

John J. Puccio
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Thrilling new Pictures 13 Dec. 2013
By dcreader - Published on Amazon.com
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This new Naxos recording uses a new orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition rather than the traditional Ravel. While it utilizes exclusively classical instruments, it aims for a contemporary sound according to the Naxos podcast.

Oddly, I found it much more evocative of a Russia of orthodox church bells, robed priests and long beards.

The result is hard to deny though - it is a powerful new rendition that those who love this piece need to hear.
Really Different - But Not in Good Way 9 Jan. 2015
By J. Ball - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Even allowing for Breiner's intent of supplying contemporary-sounding versions, his orchestrations make the music almost unrecognizable. The only virtue I can hear is that he produces versions that don't sound at all like the familiar ones. TOO MUCH SONIC CLUTTER! Let me add that I have traditional taste in music, and my review is a product of that taste. I had similar problems with his versions of Albeniz. I have not yet listened to his Janacek suites.
Excellent service. Could not ask for better 16 Oct. 2014
By Douglas Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent service. Could not ask for better.
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