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Tchaikovsky/ Mussorgsky: Symphony No.2/ Pictures At Exhibition/ Night On Bare Mountain [CD]

Kirill Karabits Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Composer: Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky
  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Onyx
  • ASIN: B005JZ36AW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17, 'Little Russian' - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
2. A Night On the Bare Mountain - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
3. Pictures at an Exhibition - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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There's a theme here. Tchaikovsky's not so little second symphony, the "Little Russian", refers to Ukraine, once known by that name, and to the composer's use of three Ukrainian folk songs in the score. Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, here played in the preferable unadorned original version, culminates in the "Great Gate of Kiev" - birthplace of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's gifted principal conductor, Kirill Karabits. The BSO responds with idiomatic and lyrical playing, especially in woodwind and brass. 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,30/10/11

Having chosen Khachaturian for their first Onyx disc last year, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits turn to more substantial music for this follow-up, with Tchaikovsky's Little Russian Symphony, the Ravel orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and the original version of Night on the Bare Mountain. All three show that Karabits has had a significant impact on the orchestra since his arrival there two years ago, moulding it to his interpretative and repertoire preferences. 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 in the chattery woodwind passages of the finale, for example, as much as in the various permutations of timbre that vitalise the score throughout. Karabits's discerning, sure-footed approach gives the symphony terrific cohesion and grandeur of stature. **** --Telegraph,11 Nov 2011

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ONYXC 4074; ONYX CLASSICS - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to Ukraine. Magnificent and uplifting. 24 Mar 2014
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Firstly, the quality of the recorded sound is supreme and the engineers have captured the full range of this orchestra. The brass sounds like an eastern orchestra (e.g. Leningrad under Mravinsky). This is not a diffident or stiff-shirted British performance but a magisterial and Slavic one with palpable raw qualities. The Little Russian ( i.e. Ukrainian) symphony evolves and the finale is fabulous and thrilling. The Mussorgsky Pictures is equally awe inspiring, especially the brass at the Great Gate of Kiev. Whole heartedly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Karabits could (and can) do better 14 Nov 2011
By Mr. S. J. Bonsor VINE VOICE
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I wish I could give this CD a more hearty recommendation, especially as, at over the 80 minutes, it is an exceptionally generous offering.
The critical reception has been favourable, but although I cannot fault the high standard of the playing on this disc to my ears at least there is something quite conservative and buttoned-up about the performances- in marked contrast to Karabits' live concerts.
I'd love to recommend that as many people buy this CD as possible, but to be honest I would have expected much more from the interpretations. Tchaikovsky's `Little Russian' symphony is carried off with some style, and Karabits makes a good case for it, but it doesn't sparkle as it can and should. There's something a little too laid back about the second movement, and it all sounds rather staid: Karabits can, and has, made this music far more exciting.
Similarly, the Mussorgsky `Pictures at an exhibition' in the familiar Ravel orchestration don't catch fire for me, and whilst the original version of the Night on the Bare Mountain is an interesting demonstration of Mussorgsky's experimental nature, I know this orchestra can sound far more engaged in this repertoire.
Once again the Onyx recording disappoints: the long range back of the hall acoustic sounds dull and does the orchestra a disservice.
These are good performances, but not great ones, and in this economic climate and an overcrowded classical catalogue for these works, something more distinctive is required to make an impact.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Russia personified 7 Dec 2011
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Lovely. The pieces complemented each other perfectly, beautiful orchestral playing. Calm and exciting in equal measure! I've always been a Bach fan; this has nearly converted me!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Mussorgsky, boring Tchaikovsky. 25 Nov 2013
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Having in account so many recordings of those well known works, we could expect for thrilling performances from
these forces. Lamentably, this was not the case. Karabits and the Bournemouth orchestra perform a very slow and
boring "Little Russian". Don't know why the conductor chose these weird tempi performing the most slavic symphony
by Tchaikovsky. Orchestra sounds great but this is not the problem. Inmediately we miss renditions by Abbado, Muti,
Markevitch... even Karajan is more convincing. Karabits looks much better conducting Mussorgsky's original version
of Night on Bare Mountain, but again he falls shorter than really great counterparts such as Abbado or Tennstedt.
At this height of listening you could have doubts about continue, so i recommend to do, since the best part of the disc
is about to come. Karabits delivers a nice, well judged and compelling "Pictures", but again we feel and miss the lack of
power and sharp percussion from other really great recordings such as Markevitch, Ormandy, Abbado or Bernstein.
In summary, a dispensable disc for this price.
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