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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Liszt: Dante Sonata, Wagner-Liszt: Isolde's Liebestod Import

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  • Performer: Barry Douglas
  • Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B00000E6B1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Piano King on 17 May 2008
Barry Douglas came to prominence by winning the 1986 Tchaikovsky Piano competition. A large part to him winning was not only the concerto final but the performance of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an exibitition in the earlier rounds which one quote was reported saying how "The performance stunned the Soviet audience", and it is a great performance of this piece no wonder why he wanted to record this piece first and in my opinion is overall the best version available and is superbly recorded in the Henry Wood Hall. The second piece is Liszt's Dante Sonata one of Liszt's most demanding and popular big concert platform masterpieces given the full works by Barry Douglas, his tremendous technical fluency throughout this piece combined with moments of sheer beauty in the middle passages and a real tour de force ending make this disc well worth buying, one of my favourite CD's in my collecion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Best Performance 20 May 2012
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There are many performances of this work in the market. I have listened to many of them including live performances. This is definitely the best one. Douglas plays the imagery parts as they should be played: with restrained emotions but very descriptive. Where the work calles for a display of emotion (the viewer is reacting to the seen in a certain picture), Douglas's playing conveys the appropriate emotions. Add to this, his performance is technically perfect, precise, and crisp. The recording is very clear and conveys the performance faithfully without any artificial enhancements.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a splendid debut 17 Jun. 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Barry Douglas was blessed in his first recording after winning the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition with lovely and airy RCA digital sound -- you can hear it too on his splendid recording of the Brahms D-minor concerto. The music on this disc was recorded just a few months after his competition victory, and it is superb. The unity and coherence of Mussorgsky's "Pictures" is clearly realized here, with Douglas making them seem almost a series of variations on the "Promenade" theme. His attention to detail in the individual variations -- the way that each is given its distinct character without ever seeming fussy -- is quite amazing for a young pianist (Douglas was 26 at the time of this recording), and bespeaks an artistic maturity beyond his years. Nothing is muddy, nothing is overblown, and the power (in the "Great Gate") and the delicacy ("The unhatched chicks") are appropriately manifest. Like Pogorelich and Kissin, he seems incapable of making an ugly sound.

The theme of this disc must be "Music inspired by other art," for it continues with Liszt's "Dante" sonata and transcription of the Liebestod from "Tristan und Isolde." Both performances are of the highest quality. Douglas's intellectual grasp of the "Dante" sonata, which is evident in the clarity with which both exposition and development are set forth, is matched only by the technical command needed to realize that intellectual grasp. The "Liebestod" figures almost as a kind of encore -- not at all flashy, beautifully voiced and pedaled, and amazingly chaste in its outlines -- a tribute to Wagner as well as a rendering of his music. I called in another review for RCA to issue a "Barry Douglas Box" (preferably at a nice low price!). I call again. What a wonderful artist he is.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Stunning 24 May 2014
By Ricardo Mio - Published on Amazon.com
Barry Douglas won the 1986 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow playing this piece. His performance of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" was so electrifying that it set him apart from the pack so that when he played the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in the final round he was more or less assured of winning the Gold Medal. I saw Barry Douglas play the Tchaikovsky at Blossom (the summer home of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra) and he was absolutely stunning. His performance here of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" recorded some months after the Tchaikovsky competition is stunning as well. I give his performance four stars because it's a shade less stunning than the legendary Vladimir Horowitz's recording of the same piece. Douglas has the advantage of superior sound while Horowitz has the advantage of being Russian and writing his own transcription. If you want modern sound, Barry Douglas is your man. If you want manic playing by a legend--and less than stellar sound--Horowitz is the choice.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
definitive piano performance 20 July 2008
By mb - Published on Amazon.com
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There are a lot of them out there, but I feel this is the best one. Even better than Horowitz, and it takes a lot to "abandon" my favorite pianist! Nuances of dynamics, muscular pyrotechnics in "Great Gate" and "Baba Yaga," incredible nimbleness in the "Tuileries," and similar feats of pianism make this recording the standard by which other performances are judged. Douglas won the Tchaikovsky prize (playing this piece) in 1986; the first non-Russian to win since Van Cliburn (1958)...a real feat! You will not be disappointed with this disk.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Timeless performance of a timeless piece 5 Sept. 2010
By Timothy - Published on Amazon.com
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This followed his Tchaikovsky Competition Award in 1986. Brings back memories but is a timeless performance of a timeless piece (Before Ravel did his thing to it).
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