Magazine article Gramophone

Mussorgsky: Stravinsky: Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch Ravel)

Magazine article Gramophone

Mussorgsky: Stravinsky: Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch Ravel)

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Mussorgsky * Stravinsky Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (orch Ravel) (a) Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 version) (b) Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Mariss Jansons BR--Klassik [F] 900141 (70' * DDD). Recorded live at the (a) Herkulessaal, Munich, November 13-14,2014; (b) Philharmonie im Gastelg, Munich, April 14-17,2015

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Here is more seemingly effortless music--making from Mariss Jansons. The interpretations of both pieces being broadly consistent with those he recently released on the RCO label, one is bound to ask why he feels the need to revisit yet again repertoire he also recorded in Oslo in the 1990s. It goes almost without saying that the Bavarians make a glorious noise, perfectly integrated from top to bottom with a delightfully rounded lower--middle, well captured live in two local venues. Indeed, Petrushka can rarely have seemed more sheerly beautiful, even when questionable minutiae obtrude. More worrying is the lack of forward thrust in the 'Shrovetide Fair', shimmering and translucent as it is, but then this spacious, hyper--detailed account shows little interest in the trajectory of the plot or in sounding combustibly Slav. …

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