180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original EMI Stereo Analogue Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
Charismatic Italian conductor Riccardo Muti was music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1980 to 1992, which he led on numerous international tours and made many acclaimed recordings, including the first Beethoven cycle for CD. In 1992, he was appointed conductor laureate.
Muti was very much an EMI artist in the 1980s and EMI found a new recording venue in the Old Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, the generous acoustic of which enables this great orchestra to be heard to best advantage as the GRAMOPHONE wrote in 1979.
In the original 1979 review of the Mussorgsky Robert Layton in the GRAMOPHONE wrote:
...what orchestral playing they offer us. The lower strings in Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle have an extraordinary richness, body and presence, and Baba Yaga, which opens the second side, has an unsurpassed virtuosity and attack as well as being of demonstration standard as a recording. The glorious body of tone, the richly glowing colours, the sheer homogeneity of the strings and perfection of the ensemble is a constant source of pleasure.
Of the Stravinsky Layton wrote:
...Mutis reading is second to none and the orchestral playing is altogether breathtaking. The recording is amazingly lifelike and truthful.
Produced and engineered by Christopher Bishop and Michael Gray respectively.
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional advance playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.
Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original EMI stereo analogue master tapes
Superior Audiophile Pressing
Features original album artwork
Made in England
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) (orch. Ravel)
Pictures From An Exhibition, Nos. 1 to 8
1. Promenade The Gnome Promenade The Old Castle Promenade In The Tuileries Bydlo Promenade Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells Two Old Jews (Goldenberg and Schmuyle) The Market Place at Limoges The Catacombs
2. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel)
Pictures From An Exhibition, No. 9 to end (cont.)
1. The Hut on Fowls Legs (Baba Yaga) The Great Gate of Kiev
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Firebird Suite (1919 version)
2. Introduction Dance of the Firebird Round Dance of the Princesses Infernal Dance of King Kastchei Berceuse Finale