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Ančerl / CPO: Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (Supraphon)

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# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
# Conductor: Karel Ančerl
# Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Supraphon | E 1317
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (923MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (248MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Mussorgsky//Rimsky-Korsakov/Borodin – Pictures At An Exhibition/Capriccio Espagnole/Polovetsian Dances (Muti/Roshdestwensky)

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You can always count on Riccardo Muti to give a strong performance of popular works. His performance of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece is near the top. His tempi for the various “pictures” are right on. Muti’s performance is excellent and he has the sound to carry it off, but the reading does lack the oomph of others like Reiner and especially Ormandy (the earlier recording with the Philadelphia Orchestra on Columbia/Sony). Muti begins Pictures as though he is warming up, with the latter pictures much more highly charged than those in the first half. By the time he arrives at The Great Gate of Kiev he and the Philadelphia Orchestra are in full swing. It’s a top-notch performance.
Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s recordings of the “Polovetsian Dances” by Borodin and The “Capriccio Espagnole” by Rimsky-Korsakov are powerful and impeccable interpretations and good companions to Mussorgsky’s “pictures”.

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Borodin
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris
Conductor: Riccardo Muti, Gennady Roshdestwensky
Vinyl 1972
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.24 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Modest Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov (Matti Salminen, Brian Asawa, Marie Arnet, Sebastian Weigle) (2004, Opera, DVD9)

Modest Mussorgsky - Boris Godunov (Matti Salminen, Brian Asawa, Marie Arnet, Sebastian Weigle) (2004, Opera, DVD9)

Modest Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov (Matti Salminen, Brian Asawa, Marie Arnet, Sebastian Weigle) (2004, Opera, DVD9)

Composer:Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:Matti Salminen
Orchestra:Coro y Orquesta del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor:Sebastian Weigle
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVDVideo
Size:7.71 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures From An Exhibition (CSO/Solti)

front-small-boxsetDon’t be surprised by the title…even myself, I always thought, it is “at” and not “from”…but the correct translation from Russian is “from”. Anyway, this is another outstanding performance of the “Pictures”, that I omissed to post all the time.
Now it’s time to knee down in front of Maestro Solti. One of the better full orchestral Pictures to be found! Full of passion and energy. Solti, the Chicago Symphony, and the London engineers bring out all the color and life in this great piece. The combination with a delightful performance of Le Tombeau de Couperin is a good match. Couldn’t be better! Highly recommended!

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Maurice Ravel
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.85 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Hyperion) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition (Wills)

front-small-boxsetAs far as I know there if only one adaption for organ of the most beloved classical work in the world, Mussorgsky’s “Pictures”, that everyone  should own: that one by Jean Guillou. Unfortunately only available on CD.
I stumbled by accident on this vinyl, one fine day, when I was looking for something different on the web and bought it in 1 second. I hoped not to be disappointed. Indeed it is a different but also phantastic adaption by Arthur Wills at the organ of the Ely Cathedral.

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:
Arthur Wills
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Hyperion
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.29 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition (Yamashita)

front-small-boxsetNo matter how large your collection of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures” is, it’s never complete if you miss this marvellous and terrific effort by guitar virtuoso Kazuhito Yamashita.

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:
Kazuhito Yamashita
Vinyl (1981)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 666 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

 

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Modest Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov (Christoff/Cluytens)

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Thank you very much for this terrific masterpiece to our friend from Lake Michigan
This version is badly cut,and purists may sneer at the Rimsky-Korsakoff arrangement, but it has two things going for it. The first thing is Boris Christoff. The second thing is Boris Christoff. (He sings three roles in this recording, which is a little confusing, but what the heck!) Christoff, with a rich and powerful bass-baritone, was one of the 20th century’s leading exponents of the role of Boris Godunov. He is simply a force of nature in the title role, yet with the ability to shade his voice into heartrending beauty and sorrow. The rest of the cast is excellent. Andre Cluytens conducts with a terrific mix of power and sensitivity, and the quality of the recording is quite good. While this may not be everybody’s first choice, it belongs on every opera lover’s shelf simply because it gives us the chance to hear one of the greatest bass-baritones of the century in his signature role.

# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
# Performer: Dimitr Ouzounov, John Lanigan, Boris Christoff, Evelyn Lear, Ana Alexieva
# Orchestra: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
# Conductor: André Cluytens
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size:  4.2 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Brutal Hi-End Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition (Maazel)

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A heartly “thank you” to our friend Mats for this gift
Ihmo this is one of the very very few performances (if not the only one) that comes very close to the millenium-recording by Fritz Reiner from 1958. Perfect in any way: tempi, coordination, dramatical atmosphere, sound. Don’t ask me why a digital production, presumably made with 16bit/44.1kHz technology, sounds ways better from vinyl than from CD. I don’t know. Try and believe.

# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakov, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel
# Vinyl (1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Telarc
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
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Size: 1.51 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
leFactory
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High-End HD-Vinyls 192/24 (Analogue Productions 200g) Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition (Reiner)

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Almost no post-processing, so you can say, this rip is raw…and has a better DR (12)
Brand new vinyl, played here for the 1st time
Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the mother of all „Pictures“ recordings. At today, no other „Pictures“ production was able to beat Maestro Reiner and his Chicago Symphony Orchestra: good speed, real dramatical atmosphere, perfect tempo and a magnificent sound. This Analogue Productions Reissue on 200g is the best sounding version I ever heard.

# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
#Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1957/2013)
# Number of discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA/Analogue Productions
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD:
B00IS994MA
# Size: 1.4 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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

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# 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.

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