ASHKENAZY Sibelius 1 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition

Vladimir Ashkenazy

“The performance of the First is held together well and is finely shaped. Ashkenazy is exactly on target in
the scherzo. The resultant sense of momentum is exhilarating; here, as when echoing the main theme of the
first movement, the timpani make a riveting effect. Throughout the sheer physical excitement that this score
engenders is tempered by admirable control … the big tune of the finale is superbly handled. The recording
has splendid detail and clarity of texture and there is all the presence and body one could ask for, with the
bass-drum rolls particularly realistic.”
The Penguin Guide

Jean Sibelius 1865–1957
1–4 Symphony No.1 in E minor, op.39

Modest Mussorgsky 1839–1881
5–0 Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Vladimir Ashkenazy)

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