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Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

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

  1. Cspiegs

    Cspiegs Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    IMO the best recording is RCA Living Stereo with Fritz Reiner...
     
  5. sKiZo

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    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

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    Never been a Fritz Reiner fan.
     

     

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  7. Sondek

    Sondek Active Member

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    Another vote here...

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

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