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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Kodaly: Háry János Suite / Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite (Essential Classics)


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  • Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Szell
  • Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Zoltan Kodaly, Sergey Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (June 2, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B0000027UX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade: Allegro giusto, nel modo russico; senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto
2. Pictures At An Exhibition: I. The Gnome: Vivo
3. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade: Moderato comodo e con delicatezza
4. Pictures At An Exhibition: II. The Old Castle: Andante
5. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade: Moderato non tanto, pesante
6. Pictures At An Exhibition: III. Tuileries: Allegretto non troppo, capriccioso
7. Pictures At An Exhibition: IV. Bydlo: Sempre moderato, pesante
8. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade: Tranquillo
9. Pictures At An Exhibition: V. Ballet Of The Chickens In Their Shells: Scherzino. Vivo leggiero
10. Pictures At An Exhibition: VI. Samuel Goldenberg et Schmuyle: Andante
11. Pictures At An Exhibition: VII. The Market-Place At Limoges: Allegretto vivo, sempre scherzando
12. Pictures At An Exhibition: VIII. Catacombs. A Roman Grave: Largo
13. Pictures At An Exhibition: With The Dead In A Dead Language: Andante non troppo, con lamento
14. Pictures At An Exhibition: IX. The Hut On Fowl's Legs:Allegro con brio, feroce - Andante mosso - Allegro molto
15. Pictures At An Exhibition: X. The Great Gate Of Keiv: Allegro alla breve. Maestoso. Con grandezza
16. Hary Janos Suite: I. Prelude. The Fairy Tale Begins: Con moto
17. Hary Janos Suite: II. Viennese Musical Clock: Allegretto
18. Hary Janos Suite: III. Song: Andante, poco rubato
19. Hary Janos Suite: IV. The Battle And Defeat Of Napoleon: Alla marcia
20. Hary Janos Suite: V. Entrance Of The Emperor And His Court: Alla marcia
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How do you describe perfection? George Szell's legacy in Cleveland emphasized the great classical and Romantic symphonic repertoire, with relatively few forays into more modern music. But no orchestra ever played these 20th-century masterpieces with more glitter and precision, and the Prokofiev/Kodaly works, when first issued together on LP, immediately became the standard by which all other performances are measured. In fact they still are, and at budget price, not only do they cost less than they did when they were first recorded, you get a spectacular Pictures thrown in as a bonus. It may not be rational from a marketing point of view to sell your best records at ever-lower prices, but consumers can only rejoice. --David Hurwitz

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kolakowski on December 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
My classical collection is rapidly approaching 300 volumes, and I've culled a few dozen along the way. Bar none, this is the most scintillating recording from end to end. "Pictures" has long been my favorite classical work, and Szell's interpretation here is in a dead heat with Lorin Maazel's on Telarc for top honors, in my estimation. Meanwhile, I concur that the readings of Hary Janos and Lt. Kije are equally brilliant, and they clearly exceed all other versions that I've heard. And all this for a budget price. Pounce. If this is your first exposure to Szell's work, you'll rightly wonder why his fame has so diminished in the 3 decades since his death (so much for being a workman rather a showman). Do search the Sony Essential Classics label for more Szell at knock-down prices.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Wow! What a great job by Szell and his Clevelanders. Kudos to David Zander on the cornet solos in the Prokofiev. Without a doubt, the best recording of Hary Janos to date. If only Szell recorded more Prokofiev!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "fox@ucla.edu" on July 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
OK, I realize that this will be an unpopular viewpoint compared to those espoused by the others here. But I just don't think Szell captures what Pictures at an Exhibition is about. Take the opening- everybody knows that- it is supposed to be majestic and grand, the brass sound should overwhelm you. Here, it doesn't. Szell just plows through it- it's like a metronome is conducting. Sometimes this is appropriate. Here, it is not. This is how I feel about most of the Pictures recording here- it is plowed through at a breakneck pace, almost like each movement is just desperate to get to the next. The individual beauty of some of the spectacular moments in the piece are missed at the expense of getting to the next spectacular moment.
This said, I must agree that the Kodaly and the Prokofiev are superb for the bargain price. Especially the Kodaly. The Prokofiev suffers more from the outdated recording technology than from the performance- some of those moments are just dying for greater recording clarity at extreme dynamic ranges.
The price, however, is undeniably right, and if you are looking for a bargain than this is for you. I would go no where near the word "definetive" though, except perhaps with the Kodaly. But this is just my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michael seefeldt on December 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Forget the one outlier below, it's a five. Anyhow, if you really want to hear Pictures, do the Richter piano from Sofia (1958). Szell's Harry Janos is, like so much of his other stuff, absolutely tops, and the piece reaches its full delight here.
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