Riccardo Muti / The Philadelphia Orchestra – Pictures at an Exhibition / The Firebird (Suite, 1919) (Hi-Q Records, 180g pressing)

# Composers: Modest Moussorgsky, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
# Conductor: Riccardo Muti
# Vinyl (1960 / 2010)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Hi-Q Records | HIQLP013
# Size: 1GB (24/96) + 261MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

Another outstanding release from Hi-Q records. Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original analog master tapes, and featuring the original artwork.

From the label:

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 with its generous acoustic enabling this great orchestra to be heard to best advantage.


“… 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” – Robert Layton, Gramaphone

Track Listing:

Side One
01 – Pictures From An Exhibition (part one)
         a) Promenade
         b) The Gnome
         c) Promenade
         d) The Old Castle
         e) Promenade
         f) In The Tuileries
         g) Bydlo
         h) Promenade
         i) Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells
         j) Two Old Jews (Goldenberg and Schmuyle)
         k) The Market Place at Limoges
         l) The Catacombs
         m) Cum mortuis in lingua mortua

Side Two
02 – Pictures From An Exhibition (part two)
         n) The Hut on Fowls’ Legs (Baba Yaga)
         o) The Great Gate of Kiev

03 – Firebird Suite (1919 version)
         a) Introduction
         b) Dance of the Firebird
         c) Round Dance of the Princesses
         d) Infernal Dance of King Kastchei
         e) Berceuse
         f) Finale

Produced and engineered by Christopher Bishop and Michael Gray respectively.

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Ripping Info:

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15 thoughts on “Riccardo Muti / The Philadelphia Orchestra – Pictures at an Exhibition / The Firebird (Suite, 1919) (Hi-Q Records, 180g pressing)

  1. wow, you made my day. I adore R. Muti. I believe that he is the man. By the way, I have a few things in my computer, which I would like to share with the others, mainly Schnabel’s full cycle of Beethoven (24/96), maybe other things as well. Could any of the contributors may help me with that. I have a premium accounts both in file post and file factory, if it helps. thanks, avi

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