Mussorgsky/Liszt

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COMPOSERS: Mussorgsky/Liszt
LABELS: Decca
WORKS: Pictures at an Exhibition
PERFORMER: Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 425 045-2 ADD (1967/71)
Ashkenazy’s performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures is not so much detached as controlled. Those who know Richter’s legendary performance will wish for more flamboyance – especially in the ‘Great Gate of Kiev’. But there are some beautiful moments in this poetic account. The Liszt studies offer a wider palette, and Ashkenazy proves himself equally capable of extrovert display and poetic expression. Nicholas Rast

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