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#465760 - 02/23/07 04:32 PM Mussorgsky-Ravel Pictures at Exhibition
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.. is what I am currently listening.
Abbado and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Your favorite recording, and recommend more recordings?

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#465761 - 02/23/07 05:13 PM Re: Mussorgsky-Ravel Pictures at Exhibition
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Michael Tilson Thomas with SFSO.

#465762 - 02/23/07 05:56 PM Re: Mussorgsky-Ravel Pictures at Exhibition
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Chailly - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Giulini - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Previn - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Szell - Cleveland Orchestra
von Karajan - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

....are the ones I own. If I had to pick a favourite it would be the Previn. Those Vienna woodwind/brass sound as great as ever, and of course those strings...

EDIT: A while back I was browsing in a discount store and picked up Ashkenazy's disc of him playing the piano version, and then conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Ravel orchestration, which is quite interesting too.

-Michael B.
There are two rules to success in life: Rule #1. Don't tell people everything you know.

#465763 - 02/23/07 11:28 PM Re: Mussorgsky-Ravel Pictures at Exhibition
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My absolute favorite is Solti with the Chicago Symphony. The brass are *astounding* on this recording...the Great Gate finale is just spine-tingling. I've never heard such balanced, sonorous, controlled loud brass playing anywhere else. And of course, the rest of the CSO sounds superb as usual.


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