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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bare Mountain / Britten: Young Persons Guide to Orchestra

Modest Mussorgsky , Benjamin Britten , Seiji Ozawa , Chicago Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA / Sony
  • ASIN: B003VKW15S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: Promenade
2. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: 1. Gnomus
3. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: Promenade
4. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: 2. Il vecchio castello
5. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: Promenade
6. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: 3. Tuileries (Dispute d'enfants aprčs jeux)
7. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: 4. Bydlo
8. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: Promenade
9. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: 5. Ballet des petits poussins dans leurs coqu
10. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: 6. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmu˙le
11. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: 7. Limoges. Le Marché (La Grande Nouvelle)
12. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: 8. Catacombae (Sepulcrum romanum)
13. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: Cum mourtuis in lingua mortua
14. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: 9. La Cabane sur des pattes de poule (Baba-Ya
15. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vīstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: 10. La Grande Porte de Kiev
16. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell), for speaker ad lib & orchestra, Op. 34: 1. Theme.
17. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell), for speaker ad lib & orchestra, Op. 34: Theme (Wo
18. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell), for speaker ad lib & orchestra, Op. 34: Theme (Br
19. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell), for speaker ad lib & orchestra, Op. 34: Theme (St
20. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell), for speaker ad lib & orchestra, Op. 34: Theme (Pe
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Sony BMG has begun an aggressive reissue campaign, especially in Europe, and long-awaited recordings (like Levine's Mahler and Leinsdorf's Prokofiev symphonies) are surfacing. Here from 1968-69 are early recordings from Seiji Ozawa, who was 33 but looks like a bemused gamin of 23 in the cover photo. Before he settled comfortably -- to comfortably, as it turns out -- into a plush seat in Boston, Ozawa ahd the potential for being an exciting conductor, as witness his still-riveting account of Messiaen's Turangalila. In addition, it was pretty reckless to traipse into Reiner's incomparable CSO with Pictures at an Exhibition, a work they had recorded superbly under him.

What results is very nice. The orchestra didn't need a conductor for tis score, but Ozawa adds a touch of supplness in the phrasing and some softer contours compared with Reiner. On the other hand, he dials back the excitement, too, making this a refined reading rather than a compelling one. For me, the main pleasure came from the orchestra's superlative brass and a roster of famous first-chair woodwinds. The entire orchestra, dissected and put on display in Britten's Young Person's Guide, sounds just as glorious, but here too Ozawa proves a bit too tame. Last up in this menu of chestnuts is Night on Bald Mountain, where the conductor wakes up and delivers a gripping account that may not be as trippy as Stokowski's in Fantasia but is fine on its own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant Young Maestro Ozawa August 13, 2011
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How time flies. It does not seem very long ago that a young Seiji Ozawa took the classical music world by storm with his charisma, flair and talent. Over the years he has endured the slings and arrows of the ever discriminate classical music world. He has had many triumphs along the way.
This recording is a testament to his place as an outstanding conductor. These three concert staples are played wonderfully by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Pictures at an Exhibition and The Young Person's Guide to Orchestra were recorded at Chicago's Medinah Temple on June 18th 1967. This "Pictures" flows with lithe, lean textured vividness. It is not bloated. There is a forward momentum and the musical line is maintained marvelously from beginning to end. Ozawa brings out the poetry in the music while not allowing it to become lumpy. Grandeur and majesty are present but not pummeled upon. It is a magical performance. The orchestration is by Ravel.
"Young Person's" is given a characterful, full blooded and joyous interpretation. I have heard quite a few recordings of this piece. This Ozawa/CSO has become my favorite. It holds it's own among Britten's Decca and the Bernstein Sony.
A Night on Bare Mountain was recorded on August 9th, 1968 at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. It is light on it's feet, super alert and well detailed. Somewhat small scaled but wonderfully alive, it absolutely dances with a sinister glee. You could tell that the orchestra was having a ball with it. The closing section is tenderly wrought and perfectly brought home.
The term "colorist" has been used to describe Seiji Ozawa's art as a conductor. This recording is a perfect example of this description. These are invigorating, flowing, and life-affirming performances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is a concert piece December 19, 2012
By Paul W.
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I had this when it first came out and wore it out. I still apreciate they took the Young Person's Guide and treated it as a concert piece...no speaker.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting for kids September 25, 2011
By Gerald
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Very good performance. My only concern is the sound quality, not bad but 40 years old now.
This program is very interesting for listening with kids, looking for pictures corresponding to both pieces by Moussorsgy & Britten.
Nice price also.
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