This is a wonderfully powerful, brass-heavy, dramatic collection. Kuchar drives the Ukrainian Orchestra hard, but they rise to the challenge, producing exhilarating accounts of 'Picture' and two versions of 'Night on the Bare Mountain', the later one demonstrating just how much extra excitement Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestration adds. However, this is not simply a powerhouse display throughout, as there is plenty of light and shade here, and delicate touches where required, which add to the rich character of the overall performance, enhanced by a fine recording which allows the brass to bite with urgency, yet allows more delicate string work to glitter in its own way.
If you're looking for a thrilling and exhilarating account of these pieces, you simply can't go wrong, especially at such a bargain price: both the Gramophone and the Penguin Guide agree. Wonderfully exciting.