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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite / Scriabin: Le Poeme de l'extase


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  • Performer: Leopold Stokowski
  • Composer: Modest Mussorgsky, Igor Stravinsky, Alexander Scriabin
  • Audio CD (May 14, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000004264
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade: Gnome - Leopold Stokowski/New Philharmonia Orch
2. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade: The old castle - Leopold Stokowski/New Philharmonia Orch
3. Pictures at an Exhibition: Bydio - Leopold Stokowski/New Philharmonia Orch
4. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade: Ballet of the unhatched chicks - Leopold Stokowski/New Philharmonia Orch
5. Pictures at an Exhibition: Samuel Goldenberg & Schmuyle - Leopold Stokowski/New Philharmonia Orch
6. Pictures at an Exhibition: Catacombs - Leopold Stokowski/New Philharmonia Orch
7. Pictures at an Exhibition: The hut on fowl's legs - Leopold Stokowski/New Philharmonia Orch
8. Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate of Kiev - Leopold Stokowski/New Philharmonia Orch
9. Le Poeme de i'extase, op.54 - Leopold Stokowski/Czech PO
10. Pastorale - Neville Taweel/Derek Wickens/Leonard Brain/Thomas Kelly/John Price
11. The Firebird-Suite: Introduction - Leopold Stokowski/LSO
12. The Firebird-Suite: Dance of the Firebird - Leopold Stokowski/LSO
13. The Firebird-Suite: Round dance of the Princesses - Leopold Stokowski/LSO
14. The Firebird-Suite: Infernal dance of King Kastchei - Leopold Stokowski/LSO
15. The Firebird-Suite: Lullaby - Leopold Stokowski/LSO
16. The Firebird-Suite: Finale - Leopold Stokowski/LSO

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Leopold Stokowski's own orchestration of "Pictures at an Exhibition" is not as accomplished as Ravel's more famous one, but he conducts it like the music has no business sounding any other way, and it's an extraordinary sonic experience in any event. In fact, Stokowski's arrangement have turned out to be so effective that they're actually being played and recorded by other conductors now. So there! As for the remainder of the program, the "Poem of Ecstasy" already sounds like a Stokowski transcription anyway--he simply owned the piece- -while the "Firebird" has a lot more Romantic sheen than it usually does. A great memento of one of music's true originals. --David Hurwitz

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 5, 2011
While praising Ravel's instantly popular 1922 orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (which he introduced to the Philadelphia audience in 1929), Stokowski claimed that it was too "Gallic" and, in 1939, offered one that he claimed was more "Slavic". What is "Slavic"? The first four bars (eight with Stokowski, he divides Ravel's 5/4 and 6/4) of the opening Promenade may give a clue: in lieu of Ravel's solo trumpet, you get Stokowski's first violins (playing in the lower register and sounding, here, almost viola like), soon joined by the complete strings where Ravel has the full brass (minus two trombones). The effect is thicker than with Ravel, more inflated, heavier. Is "thick" Slavic and "lean" Gallic? Maybe so, but one thing is sure, this heavy reliance on the strings is first and foremost an unmistakable Stokowski trademark.

But Stokowski's orchestration is not just about pouring thick servings of string soup. Ravel's Gnomus is pretty ominous, but Stokowski's (he titles it "Gnomes" and does some cuts to Mussorgsky's original in the first part) is brutal and frightening, with screaming strings and snarling brass. The same brutality can be heard at the end of Goldenberg and Schmuyle, thanks to the addition of brass to Ravel's strings and woodwinds. The history of Russia and the Soviet Union lets me think that, yes, "brutal" is, indeed, Slavic.

His second Promenade, with its shimmering strings (in place of Ravel's woodwinds) answering the calls of a forlorn bassoon, is not the one of a stroller in the posthumous exhibion of Viktor Hartmann's paitings, but rather the journey of a day dreamer in another reality. Maybe there is something there very Slavic as well (vodka helping).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard` Rodrick on April 12, 2013
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Great disc, brings back a lot of old memories about this particular recording. Too bad the engulfed cathedral did not come with it like in the original configuration
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By Susan on October 7, 2013
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Gave this to my father who is a real classical music buff! He loved it and thanked me for finding this for him.
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