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  Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Jansons
  Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Mariss Jansons (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by willemvoorneveld July 18, 2012 (13 of 19 found this review helpful)
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Ok, another “Pictures at an exhibition” was not where we were waiting for (How many of them do we already have) unless there are special reasons to release one. On top of that this disc only provides 33 minutes of music, so all in all this sets high expectations.

And after listening I found at least 3 compelling reasons to buy this disc as quickly as possible.

First, Mariss Jansons sheds some new light on the score; he avoids cheap effects and keeps the heavy orchestrated parts 12 up to 15 very transparent. For the first time I can hear what is happening in those heavy orchestrated sections.

Second reason is that the RCO show off their enormous capabilities. Woodwind, important in any Ravel score, is a dream and the orchestra as a whole is playing very coherent and articulates very sharp.

And last but not least the DSD recording reveals all this beauty effortless. Low frequency rumble is very clean and clear and the violins have a realistic tone as never before. How much better can it get? Very good in stereo also!

This disc would do well as a Sales-promotion present for every SACD high end sale but more important it is artistically very satisfying as well.


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Review by boxer_ian September 30, 2012 (5 of 10 found this review helpful)
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I can't thank you guys enough for all your reviews. You have introduced me to recordings I would never have discovered on my own, and this is another one. For an old rock and roller who was introduced to this piece by E,L &P and wondered from where this music came, then I this is the source. Rich, dynamic and all engrossing. SACD at it best. Thank you.

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Modest Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)