Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Borodin; Symphony No. 2; Polovtsian Dances (2008)
While Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker's performance of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition doesn't sound much like Mussorgsky's ... Show synopsis While Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker's performance of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition doesn't sound much like Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, it is still a fantastic performance of eye-popping audacity and jaw-dropping virtuosity. The reason Mussorgsky's Pictures doesn't sound like Mussorgsky's Pictures, of course, is that this is really Ravel's Mussorgsky's Pictures. But never before has the work sounded so little like the work of a nineteenth century Russian nationalist composer and so much like the work of a twentieth century Russian internationalist composer -- to wit, Igor Stravinsky. In Rattle's interpretation, Ravel's Mussorgsky's Pictures is really Ravel's take on Stravinsky's take on nineteenth century Russian nationalism. To be specific, Rattle's colors sparkle with brilliant percussion, his tempos are quick with rhythms that push and lines that drive, his textures are lucid, his touch is dry, and his tone, while arguably overtly flashy, is in reality objective,...
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