A recording this bold, this bombastic with totally jaw-dropping dynamics just begged to be released on SACD. Unbelievable!
Recorded at Kingsway Hall and engineered by Kenneth Wilkinson, this record couples Moussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition with Night On Bare Mountain. It has long been considered among the greatest sounding records ever made. Perhaps most stunning about Power of the Orchestra are the effortless dynamics, which have been reviewed and raved about ever since the first RCA shaded dog. From the teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy gentle plucks of strings to the WHAM!! CRASH!! SLAM!! of a full orchestra without a bit of notice. It's heart-stopping, jump-out-of-your-seat-type dynamics. The Power of the Orchestra - a more appropriate title there never was. But to hear it now...! This thing's got all the weight of an anchor but at the same time the clarity and airiness and sparkle of a feather. Nuance, a holographic soundstage, emotion to spare - this one's got it all. A true reference. Power, indeed.
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Mastered by George Marino
Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes by Kevin Gray!
Mastered from the 3-Track Master.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Rene Leibowitz, Conductor
Modest Moussorgsky (1839-1881)
1. A Night On Bare Mountain
Pictures At An Exhibition
5. II Vecchio Castello
10. Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells
11. Samuel Goldenburg and Schmyle
12. The Market Place at Limoges
13. Catacombs: Con mortuis in lingua mortua
14. The Hut On Fowl's Legs
15. The Great Gate of Kiev