I agree with Mr. Hurwitz and the customers below who rave about this performance and its sound quality. "Pictures" remains my favorite classical composition, and I've collected 6 versions of it (this one plus readings by Szell, Reiner, Ormandy and Dorati, the latter paired on Mercury with Byron Janis' brilliant rendition of the original piano version). I put this one and Szell's at the head of the class. My one quibble with this disc is that it's rather overpriced for a mere 40 minutes of music. The Szell disc, on Sony Essential Classics, gives you over an hour's worth of playing time for only half the price, and includes absolutely crackling performances of Hary Janos (Szell wasn't bashful about putting the cimbalon front and center, to great effect) and Lt. Kije. All in all, the Szell disc is a much better value, although you still might consider Maazel's recording if you really want a top-notch Bald Mountain. There's also a technical detail that makes this CD a bit...
With Lorin Maazel recently installed as the music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, there arises the question "What can we expect from this relationship?"
As a partial answer to the question, I have gone through my own library of Maazel recordings, covering a period of nearly 40 years and several orchestras and labels, as well as a fairly wide range of repertoire, to select this all-Mussorgsky album as one of the finest he has done to date. The album has been in my library for nearly a quarter-century in LP form, and then the CD release was added very early in the market launch of CDs in the U.S. nearly 20 years ago. The passage of time has not diminished in the slightest either the superb performances or the equally superb sonics of this Telarc recording, made with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Maazel's relationship with the musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra was nothing if not "stormy"; as a result, his tenure there was fairly short-lived. But - in...
This classic recording of Mussorgorsky's most popular orchestral works deserves its critical acclaim. Not only is the sound quality in this early digital recording exemplary, but the performances are first rate. Both the Penguin Guide to classical CD music and Grammophone's guide list Maazel's interpretation of "Pictures at an Exhibition" as definitive. The Cleveland Orchestra gives a lush, warm performance akin to those I've heard from the Berlin Philharmonic under the batons of Karajan and Giulini, but under Maazel's conducting the Cleveland Orchestra plays better. And their performance of "Night..." is first rate too. The Cleveland Orchestra plays both pieces with precision as well as warmth. I wouldn't be surprised if this was one of the finest recordings made during Maazel's stormy tenure as the Cleveland Orchestra's music director. I agree with those who have complained that Telarc should have listed more tracks for "Pictures at an Exhibition", but...
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