Fritz Reiner Moussorgsky & Ravel Pictures At An Exhibition 200g 45rpm 2LP
RCA Living Stereo 200 Gram 45rpm Vinyl! Mastered For 45
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Another sonic and musical blockbuster from the unbeatable combo of Reiner and
RCA (and Mohr & Layton). Recorded in 1957 at Chicago's Orchestra Hall; the
original analog session tapes were used in mastering for LPs. Mussorgsky's
inspiration for Pictures was the death of his dear friend, the architect and
visual artist Victor Hartman. Having died at age 39, Hartman had not yet had the
opportunity to realize any of his architectural visions, and Mussorgsky was
angered that his friend would have no legacy. The Architects' Society arranged
an exhibition of some of Hartman's sketches — some of architecture, others of
characters or scenes from everyday life. The tribute was enough to give
Mussorgsky ideas for his composition, but not enough to give Hartman any lasting
place in history. Today, of all of the sketches that were captured in music,
only six can be positively identified.
The piece is known today primarily through the orchestral version created by
Maurice Ravel in 1922. In fact, the work had already been orchestrated multiple
times, by a variety of lesser names. Some conductors today find that Ravel's
version, in spite of its color, sacrifices some of the coarse nature inherent in
Mussorgsky's piano original. Furthermore, Ravel worked from Rimsky-Korsakov's
edited version of the piano part - the only one available at the time - which
changed some notes and rhythms.
None of the orchestrations, however, change the fundamental spirit of the piece.
Mussorgsky imagines himself making his way down the hallway that showcased his
late friend's work, with his stately procession represented by the Promenade
that opens the piece and returns several times. Upon stopping at each image, he
reflects on what he sees. Between the early movements, the promenade returns
regularly, as Mussorgsky is conscious of moving from one scene to the next. As
the work progresses, however, he becomes less aware of the interval between
pictures, and more immersed in the continuous psychological experience of moving
from one state of mind to the next. By the end, the composer sees himself
transformed by the connection with Hartman through his visual expressions of
Russian pride and humanity.
• 200g Vinyl 45rpm
• Double LP
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
• Mastered from original analog session tapes
• Deluxe gatefold jacket from Stoughton Printing
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) [Orch. Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)]
Pictures At An Exhibition
4. Il Vecchio Castella
9. Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells
10. Samuel Goldenburg und Schmuyle
11. The Market Place At Limoges
12. Catacombae, Sepulchrum Romanum
13. Con Mortuis In Lingua Mortua
14. The Hut On Fowl's Legs
15. The Great Gate Of Kiev