Russian Piano Music Vol. 8 – Mussorgsky


Catalogue No: DDA 25100
EAN/UPC: 809730510021
Release Date: October 2011
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 78:15

An individual and strongly gifted composer, Mussorgsky was a self-taught amateur who became one of Russia’s foremost 19th century musical figures, tragically dying young. This CD contains ‘alternative’ versions of many pieces to those most commonly heard – including the manuscript version of ‘Pictures’ avoiding the many substantial errors contained in the first edition and perpetuated – and three even earlier drafts, together with unusual versions of some works. Once again Anthony Goldstone provides a phenomenal performance.

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Track Listing

    Modest Mussorgsky:

  1. Hopak (1:41)
  2. On the Southern Shore of the Crimea (Gurzuf) (4:32)
  3. Ein Kinderscherz (2:42)
  4. I. From Memories of Childhood − Nurse and I (1:23)
  5. II. From Memories of Childhood − First Punishment (1:33)
  6. In the Village (4:06)
  7. I. Pictures from an Exhibition − I. Promenade (1:28)
  8. II. Pictures from an Exhibition − II. Gnomus (2:30)
  9. III. Pictures from an Exhibition − III. Promenade (0:55)
  10. IV. Pictures from an Exhibition − IV. Il vecchio castello (4:22)
  11. V. Pictures from an Exhibition − V. Promenade (0:29)
  12. VI. Pictures from an Exhibition − VI. Tuileries (1:08)
  13. VII. Pictures from an Exhibition − VII. Bydlo (3:30)
  14. VIII. Pictures from an Exhibition − VIII. Promenade (0:39)
  15. IX. Pictures from an Exhibition − IX. Ballet of Unhatched Chicks (1:14)
  16. X. Pictures from an Exhibition − X. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle (2:26)
  17. XI. Pictures from an Exhibition − XI. Promenade (1:28)
  18. XII. Pictures from an Exhibition − XII. Limoges, le marche (the market) (1:24)
  19. XIII. Pictures from an Exhibition − XIII. Catacombae (2:32)
  20. XIV. Pictures from an Exhibition − XIV. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua (2:16)
  21. XV. Pictures from an Exhibition − XV. The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba-Yaga) (3:25)
  22. XVI. Pictures from an Exhibition − The Bogatyr Gates in Kiev (5:20)
  23. The Seamstress (2:53)
  24. Impromptu passionne (3:06)
  25. Intermezzo in modo classico (9:35)
  26. . Pictures from an Exhibition − Gnomus (earlier variant) (2:55)
  27. . Pictures from an Exhibition − The Hut on Fowl’s Legs – earlier variant (3:24)
  28. . Pictures from an Exhibition − The Bogatyr Gates in Kiev – earlier variant (5:17)


Classical Music Sentinel

Divine Art move forward with their fine overview of Russian Piano Music. Anthony Goldstone is not just any pianist, and he still finds many new things to say within this old warhorse (Pictures at an Exhibition). Another fine addition to the series, which like its predecessors, does a good job of capturing the essence of the composer in one snapshot. It’s like receiving a picture postcard from Russia.

” —Jean-Yves Duperron
Musical Pointers

Possibly the most important recording in Anthony Goldstone’s series. There is no let-down … an essential purchase for Mussorgsky enthusiasts. A worthy addition to an important series, strongly recommended.

” —Peter Grahame Woolf

Surely there is no more entertaining or exploratory a piano duo in the world today than Goldstone & Clemmow. [They] have undertaken a recording programme that is throwing up many more first performances, arrangements and novelties than ever before. I’ve enjoyed this disc immensely… when the playing and recording are as good as this, I don’t think you could possibly complain.

” —Nick Barnard
Brattleboro Reformer

[Divine Art] is lucky to have under contract pianist Anthony Goldstone. At last, a Pictures as the composer intended it. I must especially praise the program notes by the pianist for the detailed insight into the music.

” —Frank Behrens
Music And Vision

For good value Goldstone gives earlier versions of three representative ‘pictures’. In Goldstone’s performance the ‘Great Gate’ and its peal of bells have a massive solidity.

” —Robert Anderson
Halesowen News

Goldstone’s excellent series is dominated by the manuscript version of Mussorgsky’s magnum opus for piano… [the composer’s work has a] strikingly novel quality.

” —Kevin Bryan