Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition, Songs and Dances of Death
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Cat No: MAR0553
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th February 2015
WorksA Night on the Bare Mountain
Pictures at an Exhibition
Songs and Dances of Death
ArtistsFerruccio Furlanetto (bass)
Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra celebrate Mussorgsky with the release of two of his most cherished works, 'Pictures at an Exhibition' and 'Night on a Bare Mountain' (performed here in Mussorgsky’s original version).
Gergiev is at his finest conducting these paragons of Mussorgsky’s work, featured alongside which are the seldom heard 'Songs and Dances of Death', composed during the years 1875 to 1877 and left languishing unpublished during the composer’s lifetime. One of Mussorgsky’s most powerful compositions, each song deals with death in a poetic manner reflecting experiences not uncommon in 19th century Russia: child death, death in youth, drunken misadventure and war.
"conducting scoreless, he (Gergiev) brought out every detail of Mussorgsky’s music... And the orchestra obliged, filling their playing with light and darkness, humour and gravity, exultation and pathos, youth and age." - Bachtrack.com *****
"the account of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was Gergiev at his best. With Gergiev living every episode and audibly urging his players forward throughout, this was a memorable performance of huge theatricality and vividness." - The Guardian
"A performance like this makes a good case for hearing this evocative parade live at least once a year…And I challenge anyone to top the swagger and sheer volume level produced for the finale, when Gergiev and the ensemble pulled out all the stops as if the Kiev gate had burst open, unable to remain closed with the onslaught of sound." - Music Web International
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