"Mussorgsky composed this music in June 1874. One of Mussorgsky's few unalienated friends was the St. Petersburg artist, architect and stage designer Viktor Hartmann (1834-1873), who lived even fewer years than the composer's 42. Vladimir Stasov, librarian and critic, arranged a memorial retrospective of some 400 Hartmann drawings and watercolors. Deeply moved, Mussorgsky wrote a piano suite, one of the few works he actually completed, apart from a trove of songs. Rimsky-Korsakov edited it for publication in 1886, albeit less radically than his gutted versions of Boris Godunov, Khovanshchina, and A Night on Bare Mountain. By 1891, one Mikhail Tushmalov had already orchestrated seven of the ten Pictures. In the century since, there have been more than a dozen other versions, but none that challenge the finesse, subtlety, and cumulative impact of Maurice Ravel's (1875-1937), made for Sergey Koussevitzky, who led not only the world and American premieres (the latter with his Boston Symphony in 1926), but the first recording in 1930." - AMG.
This is an RCA "Shaded Dog" Living Stereo recording from 1958.
The RCA "Dogs" are considered to be of true Audiophile quality.
This recording is no exception.
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The record is Exc++.
The jacket is Good+.
The LP plays/sounds Mint-.
Big, powerfull, open sound. The full weight and power of the Orchestra are captured on this LP. The soundstage is wide and deep with very strong imaging. Instruments are highly detailed and surrounded by 'air' and presence. Bass is deep and strong, mids are warm and full and high;s are open and 'airy'. Dynamics are exceptional.
Very little surface noise on Side 1 - some random 'ticks'. Side 2 has audible, but low-level, 'crackles' on very quiet passages only.
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