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MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition / Boris Godunov (Stokowski Transcriptions)

Composer(s):Mussorgsky, Modest PetrovichStokowski, LeopoldTchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Artist(s) Serebrier, José, Conductor • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557645
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Leopold Stokowski was not only one of the twentieth century’s greatest conductors, he was also an inveterate transcriber of music for the symphony orchestra, making some two hundred orchestral arrangements of works which had started life in other forms. During Stokowski’s lifetime, his orchestral transcriptions were, for the most part, only heard when he himself conducted them. In the years following his death, however, other conductors have increasingly taken an interest in performing his colourful arrangements. When the Leopold Stokowski Society was formed in 1979, one of its chief aims was to encourage performances of the Maestro’s transcriptions. In 2003 its Committee decided to approach José Serebrier with the suggestion that he too should take them


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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

This Naxos collection of Stokowski’s flamboyant arrangements of Mussorgsky at budget price proves the most formidable rival for similar collections on premium-priced labels. It offers outstanding performances by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, brilliantly recorded in sound if anything even more spectacular than on rival discs. Though Stokowski’s arrangement of Pictures at an Exhibition is less refined than that of Ravel, with its weighty brass it is certainly more Russian. The most serious shortcoming is Stokowski’s omission of two of the movements, Tuileries and The Market Place at Limoges, made on the grounds that they are too French. Yet Serebrier’s new performance makes the result very convincing, with speeds well chosen and


Review By Jose Serebrier,Naxos,June 2005

During his apprenticeship with Stokowski, Serebrier had an opportunity to get to know many of the more than 200 symphonic transcriptions the old maestro had made of works that had begun life in a different form. The most famous of these orchestrations is almost certainly Mussorgsky’s Night on Bare Mountain. Wilder and “more Russian” than Rimsky-Korsakov’s westernized version, Stokowski’s “Night” was the musical highlight of Walt Disney’s classic Fantasia and for many kids of that generation—me included—a thrilling introduction to the world of “classical” music. Stokowski’s versions of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Toccata and Fugue in D Minor were also magical parts of that film.



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