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His arrangement of Borodin's Dances of the Polovestzki Maidens from Prince Igor (the only piece recorded earlier in February 1950) begins with choruses, attractively sung [listen -- track 9, 2:37-3:35] and dances from Act 2 before falling seamlessly into the known published suite. There is also an appealing suite of music from Mussorgsky's Khovantchina -- the Prelude and Persian Maidens' Dance in Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestration, and an Act 4 Entr'acte orchestrated by Stokowski.

Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia is played with affectionate sensitivity, and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin Polonaise and the rather inconsequential Russian Sailors' Dance from Glière's Red Poppy are lively additions. The recordings do not show half a century of wear, coming out in vivid and thoroughly enjoyable colours.

Copyright © 28 October 2007 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


Stokowski - Mussorgsky: A Night on Bare Mountain

CACD0546 AAD Mono REISSUE 74'28" 2007 Cala Records Ltd

Nicola Moscona, bass (Russian Easter Festival Overture); Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra

Mussorgsky (1839-1881): A Night on Bare Mountain (orchestrated by Stokowski); Khovantchina Suite (Act 1: Prelude - Dawn over Moscow, orch Rimsky-Korsakov; Act 4: Dance of the Persian Maidens, orch Rimsky-Korsakov; Act 4: Entr'acte - Prince Galitsin's Journey, orch Stokowski); Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Russian Easter Festival Overture; Glière (1875-1956): Russian Sailors' Dance (The Red Poppy); Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Polonaise (Eugene Onegin); Borodin (1833-1887): In the Steppes of Central Asia; Dances of the Polovetzki Maidens (Prince Igor), arranged by Stokowski, with women's chorus



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