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Offline dirkronk

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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2008, 11:58:04 AM »
My choices haven't changed since my post on the other thread that Que pointed to. Richter is essential IMO. But add:

Horowitz (Carnegie Hall live, NOT the studio version) is on a very high level. At some point, you should hear this.

Byron Janis on Mercury. Excellent performance AND good sound.

William Kapell. Live Frick recital (from the main RCA multi-CD set) or Australia concert tour (available on CD finally on Kapell Rediscovered)--do listen to one of these.

Haven't heard Kissin and am curious to do so. Ditto the Barry Douglas and Tiempo versions that Holden mentions. A choice that may be impossible to find on CD (don't think it was ever transferred) was the very young Lorin Hollander on RCA LP; I'm going on pure memory--and that's always iffy--but I do recall this as an interesting performance. I'll play my copy this week sometime and report if I still hold it in esteem.

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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2008, 12:43:31 PM »
In addiition to Drasko's recommendations I would add as a third the live Moiseiwitsch recording on Pearl. It is a quite different, old school, and very passionate performance. That is a really good 2CD set.

edit: yeah Milos it's well worth hearing. From memory I think it's uncut.

edit2: there's an odd cut in the Largo of the Chopin third sonata however. He leaves out one of the repeats of the central section. It's too bad, because otherwise it's one of the best renditions of that movement I've heard.

edit3: I'd like to hear that set again too. Send me a copy please  ;)
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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2008, 01:44:00 PM »
Horowitz (Carnegie Hall live, NOT the studio version) is on a very high level. At some point, you should hear this.

Which one is this?


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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2008, 04:53:12 PM »
That's the live one, 1951 (and better that the studio one from 1947).

mn dave

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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2008, 05:07:53 PM »
That's the live one, 1951 (and better that the studio one from 1947).

Thanks, DFO.

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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #25 on: November 11, 2008, 05:55:58 PM »
edit3: I'd like to hear that set again too. Send me a copy please  ;)

Would you like me to send it to our mutual friend Desmond, that's if some cheapish copy pops up at amazon?

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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #26 on: November 12, 2008, 12:28:32 AM »
Would you like me to send it to our mutual friend Desmond, that's if some cheapish copy pops up at amazon?

Desmondinho the Great, yes please. I checked RMCR for reassurance that age has not yet fully disabled my memory and was happy to see that Samir and Jan Winter both highly recommend it, if you want second and third opinions. I wait.

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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2010, 12:54:00 PM »
Leif Ove Andsnes South African-born visual artist Robin Rhode, have created a special programme entitled Pictures Reframed which centres around Mussorgsky’s epic piano cycle Pictures at an Exhibition combining music, video and still imagery.
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The art and DVD  intrigue me here.

Has anyone got the set? Is it stimulating?
« Last Edit: December 06, 2010, 01:16:31 PM by Mandryka »
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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #28 on: December 06, 2010, 08:06:52 PM »
Leif Ove Andsnes South African-born visual artist Robin Rhode, have created a special programme entitled Pictures Reframed which centres around Mussorgsky’s epic piano cycle Pictures at an Exhibition combining music, video and still imagery.
<a href="http://www.yatzer.com/assets/Article/1926/images/robin-rhode-and-leif-ove-andsnes-presentation-at-yatzer_7.jpg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">http://www.yatzer.com/assets/Article/1926/images/robin-rhode-and-leif-ove-andsnes-presentation-at-yatzer_7.jpg</a>  <a href="http://www.whitewallmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/3905986085_5099a48125.jpg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">http://www.whitewallmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/3905986085_5099a48125.jpg</a> <a href="http://image.betamonline.com/sdimages/upc06/5099996700525.jpg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">http://image.betamonline.com/sdimages/upc06/5099996700525.jpg</a>



The art and DVD  intrigue me here.

Has anyone got the set? Is it stimulating?

I have the standard CD edition.  No art.  No video.  But what  I consider a very good performance of the music by Andsnes, paired with an equally good Kinderszenen.  Which leaves me quite satisfied not to have the DVD / book version,  because (especially since I'm not a fan of modern non-representational art) I'm fairly certain I would be less pleased by the visual elements.
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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #29 on: December 11, 2010, 05:09:58 AM »
Listened to Natan Brand's recording of this work last night and was blown away by the intimate approach. I honestly didn't care for this work very much until I heard Brand's interpretation. It is now my favorite version of this work, it's even better than Richter.  :o

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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #30 on: July 10, 2020, 12:17:49 PM »
I found this old thread while searching for Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" (for piano). Does anyone have any views on these modern recordings:
  • Peter Donohoe (Signum, released 2019)
  • Paul Lewis (Harmonia Mundi, released 2015)
  • Steven Orborne (Hyperion, released 2013)

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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition - just the piano
« Reply #31 on: July 10, 2020, 12:46:03 PM »
Byron Janis on Mercury is the one I have.  I go to the Ravel orchestration more often, Kublik/CSO and Reiner/CSO, mostly.