- An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
- Our favorite performance by far, with BIG, BOLD and POWERFUL sonics like no other recording we know
- The brass clarity, the dynamics, the deep bass and the sheer power of the orchestra are almost hard to believe
- No vintage recording of these works compares with Muti’s – and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite is an extra special added bonus on side two
This EMI pressing gives you the complete Pictures at an Exhibition with a TOP PERFORMANCE and SUPERB SONICS from first note to last.
As this is my All Time Favorite performance of Pictures, this record naturally comes very highly recommended. Pictures is a piece of music that has been recorded countless times, and I’ve played scores of different recordings, but the only one that truly satisfies is this one, Muti’s 1979 recording with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Much like Previn and the LSO’s performance of The Planets, he finds the music in the work that no one else seems to. (more…)