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Various Composers|Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition/Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition/Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko

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Vasily Petrenko has been among the most musically reliable of the wave of Russian performers who settled in Britain following the fall of the Soviet Union. He isn't a household name, nor, as conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, a fixture of the London classical music scene. Yet he has been a prolific leader who rarely delivers a clinker. Consider this recording of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, in the familiar Ravel orchestration, framed by other Soviet orchestral favorites. There are readings with greater grandeur and sweep, but Petrenko grasps that the Ravel version is, first of all, an orchestral showpiece, and there's something very satisfying about hearing the Liverpudlians nail their parts one by one. The energy doesn't flag even in the less familiar numbers like the "Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks," and the other Soviet pieces that frame the Mussorgsky are well-chosen in this regard. One is less familiar: the Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 ("Naughty Limericks") of Rodion Shchedrin is an early work of that composer that revives the long concerto for orchestra/sinfonia concertante tradition. Everything falls into place in the pieces by Kabalevsky, Khachaturian, and Rachmaninov. The same is true of the engineering, as the Onyx team knows the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall well. The result is a fine recording that shows there's life in the old warhorses yet.
© TiVo

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1
Colas Breugnon, Op. 24: Overture
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:04:47

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Dmitry Kabalevsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

2
Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:36

Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

3
Spartacus: Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:03:21

Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

4
Spartacus: Scene and Dance with Crotala
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:03:41

Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

5
Spartacus: Dance of Gaditanae and Victory of Spartacus
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:06:22

Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

6
Naughty Limericks (Concerto for Orchestra No. 1)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:08:39

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodion SHCHEDRIN, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

7
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 1 (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:01:48

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

8
Pictures at an Exhibition: 1. Gnomus (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:02:30

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

9
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 2 (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:01:00

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

10
Pictures at an Exhibition: 2. The Old Castle (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:04:48

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

11
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 3 (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:00:35

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

12
Pictures at an Exhibition: 3. Tuileries (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:01:02

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

13
Pictures at an Exhibition: 4. Bydlo (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:03:01

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

14
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade 4 (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:00:48

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

15
Pictures at an Exhibition: 5. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:01:09

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

16
Pictures at an Exhibition: 6. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:02:41

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

17
Pictures at an Exhibition: 7. The Market at Limoges (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:01:21

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

18
Pictures at an Exhibition: 8. Catacombs (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:02:15

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

19
Pictures at an Exhibition: 8b. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:02:23

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

20
Pictures at an Exhibition: 9. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba Yaga)(Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:03:08

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

21
Pictures at an Exhibition: 10. The Great Gate at Kiev (Orch. by Ravel)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:06:08

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

22
12 Songs, Op. 21: VII. Zdes' Khorosho (Orchestral Version)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
00:02:34

Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Vasily Petrenko, Conductor, MainArtist - The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2019 PM Classics Ltd. (P) 2019 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Album Description

Vasily Petrenko has been among the most musically reliable of the wave of Russian performers who settled in Britain following the fall of the Soviet Union. He isn't a household name, nor, as conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, a fixture of the London classical music scene. Yet he has been a prolific leader who rarely delivers a clinker. Consider this recording of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, in the familiar Ravel orchestration, framed by other Soviet orchestral favorites. There are readings with greater grandeur and sweep, but Petrenko grasps that the Ravel version is, first of all, an orchestral showpiece, and there's something very satisfying about hearing the Liverpudlians nail their parts one by one. The energy doesn't flag even in the less familiar numbers like the "Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks," and the other Soviet pieces that frame the Mussorgsky are well-chosen in this regard. One is less familiar: the Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 ("Naughty Limericks") of Rodion Shchedrin is an early work of that composer that revives the long concerto for orchestra/sinfonia concertante tradition. Everything falls into place in the pieces by Kabalevsky, Khachaturian, and Rachmaninov. The same is true of the engineering, as the Onyx team knows the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall well. The result is a fine recording that shows there's life in the old warhorses yet.
© TiVo

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