- Conductor: Kirill Karabits
- Composer: Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky
- Audio CD (26 Sept. 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: 205,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Tchaikovsky/ Mussorgsky: Symphony No.2/ Pictures At Exhibition/ Night On Bare Mountain CD
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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
'Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Onyx brings a more thoughtful reading, balancing orchestral power with thoughtful integrity…' --International Record Review
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.