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MUSSORGSKY, M.: Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrations compiled by L. Slatkin) / LISZT, F.: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Peng Peng, L. Slatkin)

Composer(s):Liszt, FranzMussorgsky, Modest PetrovichSmith, John Stafford
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.570716
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


An increasing number of recordings (Stokowski’s characteristically daring transcription is available on Naxos 8.557645) now feature orchestrations of Mussorgsky’s Pictures other than Ravel’s popular warhorse (Naxos 8.555924). Leonard Slatkin’s eclectic selection, some more outlandish than others, invites us to bask in the high spirits and ingenuity of no fewer than fifteen different composers. The Chinese pianist PENG PENG, who was fourteen at the time of this recording, has won many competitions, including first prize in the 2002 China National Youth Piano Competition.


Review By Fono Forum,February 2009


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,October 2008

15-year-old keyboard phenomenon Peng Peng had just wowed audiences here , performing with the Honolulu Symphony. This is really exciting, for let's face it—it's show-biz! What is an old fuddy-duddy like me, who grew up on Horowitz and Rubinstein, supposed to make of it? Well, I'd venture to say that given some more time, he could match and perhaps even surpass such a standard... As for this version of "Pictures", I have some doubts. Ravel's masterful orchestration set the standard, yet along comes Slatkin, who by his own account seeks input from "no fewer than fifteen different composers", including (an insignificant) choral finale. How about leaving well enough alone, huh? (Great audio, though).

Review By David Denton, Naxos,September 2008

Orchestrating Mussorgsky’s piano score, Pictures at an Exhibition, has long fascinated composers, the conductor, Leonard Slatkin, here creating a hybrid using pictures taken from versions by little-known and famous names.



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