Mussorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Arensky, Glazunov, Liadov & Kalinnikov

COMPOSERS: Arensky,Balakirev,Borodin,Glazunov,Liadov & Kalinnikov,Mussorgsky,Rimsky-Korsakov
LABELS: BMG Melodiya
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Orchestral Pictures from Russia
WORKS: Works by Mussorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Arensky, Glazunov, Liadov & Kalinnikov
PERFORMER: USSR SO/Evgeny Svetlanov
CATALOGUE NO: 74321 34165 2 ADD/DDD 1963-90
Even taking into account the occasionally strident brass tone and variable recording quality, these performances of popular and not so popular orchestral showpieces are thrilling. Svetlanov’s no-holds-barred approach has you on the edge of your seat at the climaxes of the Polovtsian Dances, Russian Easter Festival Overture and Islamey, but he is equally mesmerising in music of greater repose, such as Liadov’s exquisite Enchanted Lake.

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