Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite; Kabalevsky, Shchedrin, Rachmaninov

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite; Kabalevsky, Shchedrin, Rachmaninov

by Vasily PetrenkoVasily Petrenko

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Overview

Vasily Petrenko has been among the most musically reliable of the wave of Russian performers who settled in Britain following the fall of the Soviet Union. He isn't a household name, nor, as conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, a fixture of the London classical music scene. Yet he has been a prolific leader who rarely delivers a clinker. Consider this recording of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," in the familiar Ravel orchestration, framed by other Soviet orchestral favorites. There are readings with greater grandeur and sweep, but Petrenko grasps that the Ravel version is, first of all, an orchestral showpiece, and there's something very satisfying about hearing the Liverpudlians nail their parts one by one. The energy doesn't flag even in the less familiar numbers like the "Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks," and the other Soviet pieces that frame the Mussorgsky are well-chosen in this regard. One is less familiar: the "Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 (Naughty Limericks)" of Rodion Shchedrin is an early work of that composer that revives the long concerto for orchestra/sinfonia concertante tradition. Everything falls into place in the pieces by Kabalevsky, Khachaturian, and Rachmaninov. The same is true of the engineering, as the Onyx team knows the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall well. The result is a fine recording that shows there's life in the old warhorses yet.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/03/2020
Label: Onyx Classics Uk
UPC: 0880040421122
catalogNumber: 4211
Rank: 65966

Tracks

  1. Colas Breugnon (Kola Bryun'yon), suite from the opera, Op. 24a: Overture

    1. Overture  (04:47)
  2. Spartacus, ballet: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

    1. Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia  (09:36)
  3. Spartacus, ballet: Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia

    1. Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia  (03:21)
  4. Spartacus, ballet: Scene and Dance with Crotales

    1. Scene and Dance with Crotales  (03:41)
  5. Spartacus, ballet: Dance of the Gaditanae - Victory of Spartacus

    1. Dance of the Gaditanae - Victory of Spartacus  (06:22)
  6. Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 ("Naughty Limericks")  (08:39)
  7. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel

    1. Promenade  (01:48)
    2. Gnomus  (02:30)
    3. Promenade  (01:00)
    4. II vecchio castello  (04:48)
    5. Promenade  (00:35)
    6. Tuileries  (01:02)
    7. Bydlo  (03:01)
    8. Promenade  (00:48)
    9. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks  (01:09)
    10. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle  (02:41)
    11. The Market at Limoges  (01:21)
    12. Catacombs  (02:15)
    13. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua  (02:23)
    14. The Hut on Hen's Legs (Baba-Yaga)  (03:08)
    15. The Great Gate of Kiev  (06:08)
  8. How fair this spot, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/7  (02:34)

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