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COMPOSERS: Mussorgsky/Respighi
LABELS: RCA Victor Gold Seal
WORKS: Pictures at an Exhibition; Pines of Rome; Fountains of Rome
PERFORMER: Chicago SO/Fritz Reiner
CATALOGUE NO: 09026 61401 2 ADD (1957/59)
In this reissue of two of Reiner’s most acclaimed recordings, the Chicago SO gives a dazzling performance of Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures, with fabulous brass playing in the ‘Catacombs’ and the ‘Great Gate of Kiev’. There is also plenty of sparkle in the two Respighi works and the vividly evocative playing leaves a lasting impression. The spectacular sound of these vintage recordings from the Fifties makes this an outstanding disc. Nicholas Rast