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overhyped and can't replace the best previous version,
This review is from: Mussorgsky / Stokowski: Pictures at an Exhibition (Audio CD)
Unlike Mr Harnett I am a MAJOR fan of Stokowski transcriptions and own a number of these on CD. I bought this CD on the strength of a rave review in the Times. What a bummer! After I'd listened to it, I played my old version (and I DO mean old): Telarc CD-80042 Maazel/Cleveland Orchestra.
This completely blows the Knussen away such that I won't be hanging on to the Knussen, even as a comparative listen.
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Initial post: 19 Feb 2013 22:31:01 GMT
With respect, your review is slightly misleading: Maazel's Telarc recording is of the Ravel orchestration, not Stokowski's.
Posted on 10 Jan 2015 06:41:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2015 06:42:14 GMT
J. TIMMERMAN says:
Quite so. I'm sure the Maazel is a beauty, but it's the Ravel orchestration. This one is Stokowski's. So a comparison is arguably not that relevant in terms of reviewing this particular recording. I find this recording fascinatingly different from any Ravel version I've heard, and the sonics are very good, with plenty of detail.
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