The transparent and powerful performance by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra is complemented by an equally fascinating version from one of Mercurys main pianists, Byron Janis. In listening to the two interpretations one after the other it becomes clear as to how closely Ravel remained true to the original version while still managing to imbue his genial orchestral version with his own tonal conception. The solo piano recording, released for the first time on vinyl, will certainly be of special interest to record collectors.
This two-LP set includes as a very special bonus the piano-only version of Pictures at an Exhibition cut at 45 RPM. This is how this work was originally composed though no recording of that version has previously been released. The full symphonic version of Pictures at an Exhibition is cut here at 33 1/3.
180g Vinyl Double LP
Never previously released on
Includes Byron Janis's performance of Moussorgsky's original piano version recorded in September 1961 in New York.
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati, conductor
Modest Moussorgsky (1839-1881)
1. Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestration by Ravel)
3. Dance of the Persian Slaves
Original piano version recorded in September 1961 in New York.