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listen  1. Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila / Act 1 - OvertureSir Georg Solti 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina - Compl. & Orch. Rimsky-Korsakov - PreludeSir Georg Solti 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain - Arr. N. Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)Sir Georg Solti11:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Borodin: Overture Prince IgorSir Georg Solti10:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Borodin: Prince Igor / Act 2 - Polovtsian Dances and ChorusSir Georg Solti13:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 1. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivoSir Georg Solti10:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 2. Andantino marziale, quasi moderatoSir Georg Solti 6:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 3. Scherzo. Allegro molto vivace - Trio. L'istesso tempoSir Georg Solti 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 4. Finale. Moderato assai - Allegro vivo - PrestoSir Georg Solti 9:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Composer: Mikhail Glinka, Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (July 1, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca Import
  • ASIN: B00000JXZ9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Albert Lynd on November 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If ever the LSO plays, it on this recording. The Glinka is a romp of excitement and unmatched playing. Solti knows how to get an orchestra to perform with excitement as well as with musicianship. Borodin & Mussorgsky receive a unique approach, reflective of Solti's operatic experiences. This is a must CD for Solti fans and for everyone who like exciting music.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By dcreader VINE VOICE on April 6, 2000
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Much of this recording apparently was not available on CD until this release. This warm, vigarous recording of some the best Russian music is delightful in every way. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Climacus on November 21, 2008
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Solti was always at his best in "orchestral showpieces," such as those contained in this Russian anthology from the early LP era (Tchaikovsky in mono from the Fifties and the other items in stereo from the Sixties). The latter are particularly effective, thanks to thrillingly virtuosic playing from the LSO. I confess that I usually find the Mussorgsky-Rimsky version of "Night on Bald Mountain" to be a crashing bore, but not here. Solti had me spellbound the whole way through. The Glinka *Russlan and Ludmilla* Overture and the Borodin potboilers from "Prince Igor" never sounded more involving than here. The Glinka is scintillating throughout, and the "Polovtsian Dances" fairly sizzle with excitement, though Beecham brought a special elegance to this piece that Solti cannot match. Yet there is sufficient refinement in Solti's approach to keep it from descending into vulgarity. The recordings for these LSO sessions are predictably spectacular: thrilling amplitude, pinpoint clarity, powerful bass register, rich string sonorities, characterful woodwinds, and judgment-day brass.

The Tchaikovsky "Little Russian" symphony is another matter. It is good to have Solti's one and only rendition of this piece; he does predictably well by it (though Beecham, once again, is more atmospheric). He is particularly successful in the repetitive finale, where he keeps things moving inexorably toward that climactic gong stroke and the helter-skelter denoument which follows. I wish I could say that the playing of the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra was worthy of the conductor's fizzing interpretation, but, sadly, their individual and collective efforts pale in comparison with the LSO discmates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 11, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This disc is a compilation of two earlier issues. The main body of the disc, those pieces by Borodin, Glinka and Mussorgsky, were recorded in 1966 and were long regarded as particularly thrilling performances by the LSO under Solti. The Tchaikovsky symphony comes from 1956 in early stereo with the Paris orchestra that simply cannot compete with the standards of the LSO but this does not necessarily mean that it is a write-off.

On the subject of the recording, these are the new 24 bit remastered versions and this has greatly increased the depth of field, the tonal range and the general sense of presence. This is simply because analogue tape recordings contained more information than could be put onto early generation CDs and explains why those CDs were so strongly criticised by owners of high end record players with LPs at that time. The latest 24 bit technology has rectified that problem and that improvement is clear on this disc.

Solti was a firebrand in those early days, and continued to be so when he left for America. The LSO play as if their lives depended on it and perhaps metaphorically, they did. The disc opens with a scorching Ruslan and Lyudmila overture and this is followed by the Borodin and Mussorgsky items, all at the same level of white heat and high adrenalin. If your taste is for excitingly driven performances of this repertoire it would be hard to imagine more. The improved recording quality is well worth the upgrade.

The much earlier Tchaikovsky symphony is with an orchestra that was famously undisciplined with substitute players attending rehearsals who were than absent for performances which then featured others.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wind Band Conductor on April 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I had the record as a teenager and always wanted to see it on CD. The original album had very good sound. Remastering can both improve or be worse than the original mix, and for the "Romantic Russian" section of the disk I noticed no notable differences.
Every time I've heard another recording of Ruslan and Ludmilla my immediate thought was that it was not as good as this one. Solti is conducting in his prime a very fine London Symphony Orchestra. I've never heard this work performed this fast, this clean and with this much fire. The strings are amazing in both speed, power and how clean the runs are peformed. The rest of the orchestra is up to the task, and the tympanist uses extremely hard mallets to match this agressive performance. The rest of this section of the disk has performances that are almost as strong, and the Borodin Prince Igor selections are especially nice.
While LP's held 45 minutes worth of music, CD's hold much more, and recording companies feel obligated to fill some of that space on reissues. Sometimes some real treasures are discovered, sometimes, as in this case, the extra is a real throw-away. A 10 year younger Solti is heard conducting the Monte Carlo Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra in a 1956 stereo recording of Tchaikovsky's Little Russian Symphony (No. 2). The Monte Carlo orchestra does not fare well following such a strong performance by the LSO. While the presence on this 50 year old recording is clean, the balance is very uneven throughout the recording. Sometimes the violins are ovebearing, sometimes they can't be heard. The two clarinets are consitently and noticably out of tune, and the oboiest has a flat tone.
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