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  Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky (Stokowski Transcriptions) - Serebrier
  Mussorgsky (trans. Stokowski): A Night on Bare Mountain, Khovanshchina (Act IV: Entr'acte), Boris Godunov (A Symphonic Synthesis), Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky (trans. Stokowski): Humoresque Op. 10 No. 2, Solitude (Again, as before, alone) Op. 73 No. 6, Stokowski: Traditional Slavic Christmas Music

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Jose Serebrier (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Coffee Kev October 21, 2005 (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
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Recordings like this are what consumers need to hear if SACD is every going to succeed. It is stellar in every way.

Stokowski is a hard conductor to emulate because his personality is so large. Few conductors come close. Serebrier appears to be cut of the same cloth. Instead of trying to impersonate Stokowski, he appears to conduct from his own bravura, so there is no self-conciousness. It makes me wish we had him here in Chicago, as our low key Barenboim is near retirement. The recording succeeds for this reason alone.

But, wait, there's more...

The sound is nearly perfect. I can't think of another SACD that so fulfills the medium's promise. The sound is huge! The bass whacks hit you in the gut, just like they would in concert. The strings, already sweetened by the free bowing and lush writing, are sweeter than you've ever heard in redbook. The dynamic range is awesome. The bells and other novel instruments Stokowski arranged in this Russian music are all nicely recorded. I can think of no other medium, digital or analog, that would reproduce them as well.

Stokowski's own recordings are not this good.

The music is great. The performance is great. The sound it great.

If I wanted to convince a friend who doesn't like classical music to understand why I do, I'd play this disc for him.

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Works: 7  

Modest Mussorgsky - A Night on the Bare Mountain (arr. Stokowski)
Modest Mussorgsky - Boris Godunov: A Symphonic Synthesis (arr. Stokowski)
Modest Mussorgsky - Khovanshchina (Act IV: Entr'acte, arr. Stokowski)
Modest Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Stokowski)
Leopold Stokowski - Traditional Slavic Christmas Music
Peter Tchaikovsky - 2 Pieces for Piano, TH 132 Op. 10
Peter Tchaikovsky - 6 Romances, TH 109 Op. 73