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'... an unqualified testament to Stokowski's magic.'

Mussorgsky Stokowski Pictures at an Exhibition - Boris Godunov - Night on Bare Mountain - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / José Serebrier. © 2005 Naxos Rights International

Since the infancy of commercial LPs the Mussorgsky/Ravel orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition has fared outstandingly well. Long ago I cycled home clutching my new 10 inch disc of the HMV recording featuring the brilliant Chicago Symphony/Kubelik performance when -- horrors -- it fell from my grasp, beneath both wheels of the Raleigh.

Despite the mishap that 'stunning' unmarked BLP disc became a treasured item in my LP collection though successive recordings of the work repeatedly met with high critical acclaim.

Today, alongside three other Mussorgsky/Stokowski transcriptions, Naxos bring us the 'theatrical', London-born maestro's less abrasive, demonstrably Russian reworking of Pictures -- minus the Gallic influence of 'Tuilleries' and 'Limoges'.

The Pictures according to Stokowski [listen -- track 13, 0:00-0:59] was premièred by the Philadelphia Orchestra on 17 November 1939 and recorded for RCA Victor the following week. Stokowski subsequently recorded the work two more times: with the All American Youth Orchestra in 1941 and the New Philharmonia Orchestra in 1965, yet his frequently revised score remained unpublished until 1971.

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Copyright © 6 August 2006 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand


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