Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

Discussion in 'Music Reviews' started by Cspiegs, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Cspiegs

    Cspiegs Member

    Hello all. I have two recordings of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra on Columbia (M 30448 and M 31826 with the latter being a Definitive Performances recording). They both have the orange lettering on the gray background. I am curious as to which is the better pressing. To my ears, the latter sounds better, but it may be because it sounded a tad louder.

    Anyone care to chime in?


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  2. Tedrick

    Tedrick Infinity-phile Subscriber

    Gainesville, FL
    My favorite recording of "Pictures" by far is the 1979 recording by Lorin Maazel and The Cleveland Orchestra on Telarc ‎(#10042). I have copies on vinyl, CD, and the limited edition Ultra HD CD, and they are all superb.
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  3. pdm4606

    pdm4606 Super Member

    Las Cruces, NM
    If good recordings are you cup of tea, get hold of some 50's-60's stereo or mono of Mercury recordings. Usually done with the Minneapolis orchestra, some St. Louis orchestra, and the Binghamton N.Y. orchestra.
    They originated the recording technique of 3 mics. and made some spectacular recordings.
  4. WhiteSE

    WhiteSE Is Lute Gluten Free?? Subscriber

    North Bergen, NJ
    IMO the best recording is RCA Living Stereo with Fritz Reiner...
  5. sKiZo

    sKiZo Hates received: 8642 Subscriber

    Point of order ... I believe the OP was looking for opinions on which version of the Philly/Ormandy recording was better?

    (Big fan of the Tomita rendition though) ;-}
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  6. Cspiegs

    Cspiegs Member

    Never been a Fritz Reiner fan.


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  7. Sondek

    Sondek Active Member

    Another vote here...

    (Back when TELARC's 'Digital' recording was at its best, IMHO...)

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