Mussorgsky Pictures From An Exhibition 180g LP
180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original EMI Stereo Analogue Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
Charismatic Italian conductor Riccardo Muti was music director of the
Philadelphia Orchestra from 1980 to 1992, which he led on numerous international
tours and made many acclaimed recordings, including the first Beethoven cycle
for CD. In 1992, he was appointed conductor laureate.
Muti was very much an EMI artist in the 1980s and EMI found a new recording
venue in the Old Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, the generous acoustic
of which “enables this great orchestra to be heard to best advantage” as the
GRAMOPHONE wrote in 1979.
In the original 1979 review of the Mussorgsky Robert Layton in the GRAMOPHONE
“...what orchestral playing they offer us. The lower strings in ‘Samuel
Goldenberg and Schmuyle’ have an extraordinary richness, body and presence, and
“Baba Yaga”, which opens the second side, has an unsurpassed virtuosity and
attack as well as being of demonstration standard as a recording. The glorious
body of tone, the richly glowing colours, the sheer homogeneity of the strings
and perfection of the ensemble is a constant source of pleasure.”
Of the Stravinsky Layton wrote:
“...Muti’s reading is second to none and the orchestral playing is altogether
breathtaking. The recording is amazingly lifelike and truthful.”
Produced and engineered by Christopher Bishop and Michael Gray respectively.
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional ‘advance’ playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.
• Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
• Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original EMI stereo analogue master tapes
• Superior Audiophile Pressing
• Features original album artwork
• Made in England
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) (orch. Ravel)
Pictures From An Exhibition, Nos. 1 to 8
1. Promenade – The Gnome – Promenade – The Old Castle – Promenade – In The
Tuileries – Bydlo – Promenade – Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells – Two Old
Jews (Goldenberg and Schmuyle) – The Market Place at Limoges – The Catacombs
2. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel)
Pictures From An Exhibition, No. 9 to end (cont.)
1. The Hut on Fowls’ Legs (Baba Yaga) – The Great Gate of Kiev
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Firebird Suite (1919 version)
2. Introduction – Dance of the Firebird – Round Dance of the Princesses –
Infernal Dance of King Kastchei – Berceuse – Finale