Modest Moussorgsky (1839-1881):
Pictures at An Exhibition; solo piano version (tracks 1-15)
Orchestral version, Orchestraed by Maurice Ravel, (tracks 18-32)
Frederic Chopin (1810-1849):
Etude in F Major (track 16)
Waltz in A Minor (track 17)
Byron Janis, piano (tracks 1-17)
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (tracks 18-32)
Antal Dorati, conductor (tracks 18-32)
Recorded September 25-29, 1961 in Fine Recording Studio A, NYC (tracks 1-15); June 11, 1962 in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow Russia (tracks 16-17); April 21, 1959 in Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis MN (tracks 18-32)
Recording Director: Wilma Cozart
Musical Supervisor: Clair van Ausdall (tracks 1-15 and 18-32), Harold Lawrence (tracks 16-17)
Chief Engineer & Technical Supervisor: C. Robert Fine
Associate Engineer: Robert Eberenz
DSD Transfer and 3-to-2 MIx: Mark Bucker assisted by Andrew Wedman
Original recordings made with three Schoeps M201 omni-directional microphones. Recorded on Ampex 300 3-track recorders at 15 inches per second (tracks 1-15 and 18-32) and on a Westrex 35mm magnetic-film recorder (tracks 16-17). First-generation tapes were transferred to produce this high-definition download.
This phenomenal audiophile download features two exquisite performances of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The first reading finds refined pianist Byron Janis revitalizing the work with his rich tonal beauty and unprecedented interpretive skills. Antal Dorati and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra combine precision and depth to illuminate a refreshing contrast of light and shade. The Mercury Living Presence recording technique provides highly enjoyable listening, with stunning clarity.
Reviews"His actual performance is of a stupendous brio and his Horowitz-honed virtuosity in the final pages is overwhelming in its pace and dynamism."