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The Cleveland Orchestra - Oliver Knussen

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Enthusiasm for Leopold Stokowski's idiosyncratic arrangements is uncommon nowadays, and purists may reject this recording simply on spotting his name. Oliver Knussen's peculiar fascination with Stokowski started in childhood, and his position now seems that of a standard-bearer, eager to rehabilitate his idol and his arrangements for posterity. Appreciation of these versions may be difficult for those who like the polished orchestrations by Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov, or who only take Mussorgsky's originals straight. Since Pictures at an Exhibition has been arranged many times, one may approach Stokowski's version with an open mind. However, "Tuileries" and "The Marketplace at Limoges" are missing, due to Stokowski's misapprehension that Ravel had composed them. Aside from these inexcusable cuts, Pictures comes off in a grandiose manner, though often too slow and atmospheric. The moody Symphonic Synthesis on "Boris Godunov" is less likely to raise objections, for the liberties Stokowski takes in the reduction of the opera to a synoptic suite are understandable. The flamboyant Night on Bare Mountain, made famous in Disney's Fantasia, comes off vividly in this recording. Knussen ably leads the Cleveland Orchestra through its harrowing passages, making this nightmarish piece the most enjoyable track on the disc. Deutsche Grammophon's soft recorded sound requires a fairly high volume setting.
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Pictures at an Exhibition - Symphonic transcription by Leopold Stokowski (Modeste Moussorgski)

1
Promenade 1
Léopold Stokowski
00:02:02

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Gnome
Léopold Stokowski
00:02:25

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
Promenade 2
Léopold Stokowski
00:01:05

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
The Old Castle
Léopold Stokowski
00:03:40

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Bydlo
Léopold Stokowski
00:01:57

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Promenade 3
Léopold Stokowski
00:01:02

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Léopold Stokowski
00:01:06

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
Léopold Stokowski
00:02:41

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Catacombae - Sepulcrum Romanum
Léopold Stokowski
00:02:05

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Cum mortuis in lingua morta
Léopold Stokowski
00:02:27

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
The Hut on Fowl's Legs
Léopold Stokowski
00:02:40

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
The Great Gate of Kiev
Léopold Stokowski
00:05:12

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Boris Godounov - Symphonic Synthesis by Leopold Stokowski (Modeste Moussorgski)

13
1. Outside the Novodievichi Monastery - The people ask Boris for protection - Pilgrims are heard singing in the distance - They come closer and enter the Monastery
00:06:14

Modest Mussorgsky, ComposerLyricist - Leopold Stokowski, Adapter - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleksandr Pushkin, Author, Original Text Author - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
2. Coronation of Boris
00:04:46

Modest Mussorgsky, ComposerLyricist - Leopold Stokowski, Adapter - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleksandr Pushkin, Author, Original Text Author - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
3. Monks chanting in the Monastery of Choudov
00:02:18

Modest Mussorgsky, ComposerLyricist - Leopold Stokowski, Adapter - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleksandr Pushkin, Author, Original Text Author - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
4. Siege of Kazan
00:01:37

Modest Mussorgsky, ComposerLyricist - Leopold Stokowski, Adapter - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleksandr Pushkin, Author, Original Text Author - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
5. Outside the Church of Saint Basil - The Idiot foretells the fate of Russia - The starving crowd ask Boris for bread
00:03:53

Modest Mussorgsky, ComposerLyricist - Leopold Stokowski, Adapter - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleksandr Pushkin, Author, Original Text Author - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
6. Death of Boris
00:03:49

Modest Mussorgsky, ComposerLyricist - Leopold Stokowski, Adapter - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleksandr Pushkin, Author, Original Text Author - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Khovanshchina - Symphonic Transcription (Modeste Moussorgski)

19
Entr'acte (Intermezzo) - Act V
Léopold Stokowski
00:04:24

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Leopold Stokowski, Contributor, Transcription - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Une nuit sur le mont chauve (Modeste Moussorgski)

20
Night On The Bare Mountain
00:09:23

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Oliver Knussen, Conductor, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Nigel Boon, Producer, Executive Producer - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Recording Producer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wedman, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marian Tryggvason, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

Enthusiasm for Leopold Stokowski's idiosyncratic arrangements is uncommon nowadays, and purists may reject this recording simply on spotting his name. Oliver Knussen's peculiar fascination with Stokowski started in childhood, and his position now seems that of a standard-bearer, eager to rehabilitate his idol and his arrangements for posterity. Appreciation of these versions may be difficult for those who like the polished orchestrations by Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov, or who only take Mussorgsky's originals straight. Since Pictures at an Exhibition has been arranged many times, one may approach Stokowski's version with an open mind. However, "Tuileries" and "The Marketplace at Limoges" are missing, due to Stokowski's misapprehension that Ravel had composed them. Aside from these inexcusable cuts, Pictures comes off in a grandiose manner, though often too slow and atmospheric. The moody Symphonic Synthesis on "Boris Godunov" is less likely to raise objections, for the liberties Stokowski takes in the reduction of the opera to a synoptic suite are understandable. The flamboyant Night on Bare Mountain, made famous in Disney's Fantasia, comes off vividly in this recording. Knussen ably leads the Cleveland Orchestra through its harrowing passages, making this nightmarish piece the most enjoyable track on the disc. Deutsche Grammophon's soft recorded sound requires a fairly high volume setting.
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