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Pictures at an Exhibition: Mussorgsky / Debussy / Liszt CD


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Disc: 1

  1. Pictures at an Exhibition
  2. Estampes
  3. Sposalizio
  4. Les Jeux D'eaux À La Villa D'Este
  5. Ave Maria, 'Die Glocken Von Rom', S 182

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A new recording of Pictures at an Exhibition is cleverly programmed here alongside works from Debussy and Liszt which enrich one's appreciation of it. In the opening bars of Sposalizio, one of three Liszt depictions of Italian scenes included here, can be discerned forward echoes of Mussorgsky's Promenade motif, while Debussy's Estampes offer a trio of complementary visual treats on Oriental, Spanish and bucolic themes. Williams's touch throughout is subtle but assuredly dramatic, shifting between the various Pictures confidently: the crucial aspect-shift in which the viewer is lured into the skull-strewn catacombs in "Cum mortuis in lingua mortua" allows the sombre mood to linger. --Andy Gill, The Independent, 24 September 2010

I ve long resisted the flimsy charms of Ravel s over-fussy orchestral treatment of Mussorgsky s Pictures at an Exhibition, which tends to blunt the edges of the solo piano version. Ll r Williams s version presents the piece in all its craggy glory, with such eloquent force that you can t understand the need to have an orchestral version. There s a blunt gruffness about his statement of the opening "Promenade" and an appealing lightness of touch in the faster movements, with unhatched chicks and bantering market vendors projected with unnerving clarity. "Samuel Goldenberg" and "Schmuyle" spring to life, with the latter s repeated cries increasingly desperate. There s a chillingly static account of "Catacombae" and a thrilling closing "Great Gate of Kiev", where the spacious, reverberant recording lets us hear the thunderous bass notes as real music. Williams has coupled the Mussorgsky with pictorial music by Debussy and Liszt. The former s "Estampes" nicely restrained in the first two sections, followed by an exhilarating account of Debussy s machine-gun semiquavers in "Jardins sous la pluie". The three Liszt pieces provide a brilliant coda, especially in the tinkling water sounds of "Les Jeux d eau à la Villa d Este" and the beefy bell sounds preceding the soft amen which rounds off "Ave Maria, Die Glocken von Rom". --The Arts Desk, October 2010

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