Mussorgsky* - Ravel* / Stravinsky* - The Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti ‎– Pictures At An Exhibition / The Firebird (Suite, 1919)

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Pictures At An Exhibition 31:08
A1 Promenade - Gnomus - Promenade
Composed By – Mussorgsky*Orchestrated By – Ravel*
4:56
A2 The Old Castle - Promenade
Composed By – Mussorgsky*Orchestrated By – Ravel*
4:44
A3 The Tuiléries
Composed By – Mussorgsky*Orchestrated By – Ravel*
1:05
A4 Bydlo - Promenade
Composed By – Mussorgsky*Orchestrated By – Ravel*
3:16
A5 Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells
Composed By – Mussorgsky*Orchestrated By – Ravel*
1:11
A6 Samuel Goldenberg And Schmuyle
Composed By – Mussorgsky*Orchestrated By – Ravel*
2:18
A7 Limoges
Composed By – Mussorgsky*Orchestrated By – Ravel*
1:18
A8 Catacombs
Composed By – Mussorgsky*Orchestrated By – Ravel*
4:07
B1 The Hut On Fowl's Legs
Composed By – Mussorgsky*Orchestrated By – Ravel*
3:13
B2 The Great Gate Of Kiev
Composed By – Mussorgsky*Orchestrated By – Ravel*
5:11
The Firebird — Suite (1919 Version) 19:46
B3 Introduction
Composed By – Stravinsky*
3:26
B4 Dance Of The Firebird
Composed By – Stravinsky*
3:11
B5 Dance Of The Princesses
Composed By – Stravinsky*
1:18
B6 Dance Of King Kastchei
Composed By – Stravinsky*
3:33
B7 Berceuse
Composed By – Stravinsky*
1:41
B8 Finale
Composed By – Stravinsky*
0:37

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©1979 EMI Records Limited
©1979 Capitol Records, Inc.
Library of Congress Catalogue Card Nos. 79-750051 and 79-750052 apply to these recordings.

This recording is one of three simultaneous releases which bring to Angel Records for the first time the incomparable Philadelphia Orchestra, in performances conducted variously by its Musical Director Eugene Ormandy and its Principal Guest Conductor Riccardo Muti.
Having waited so long to record this magnificent ensemble, EMI/Angel was resolved to accept nothing less than equally magnificent sound. Accordingly EMI's Engineer from London, John Kurlander, and EMI/Angel's Consultatn on Major Recording Projects, John Coveney, began to canvass every conceivable recording facility in Philadelphia. In all, they investigated some fourteen halls, theaters, gynasiums, auditoriums, and ballrooms. Each presented a problem, either in scheduling or in acoustics.
Then, while driving back from still another scouting foray, they spotted an immense old building at Poplar and Broad Streets. Obviously, it had once been a theater. It bore a marquee reading "The Met," and other signs indicated that it now served as a church. Gaining admittance, Kurlander and Coveney checked the stage and acoustics. Triumphantly, Kurlander announced, "This is it!"
Despite the incursions of time and change, the building with its Tuscan red interior walls and ceiling and white-and-gold frescoes bespoke days of grandeur and glory. Inquiring into its history, Coveney found it to be none other than the opera house built in 1908 by Oscar Hammerstein I. It was then called the Philadelphia Opera House. Its opening on November 17, 1908, was one of the glorious social and musical events of that opulent era.
During the Philadelphia's first season, Melba, Tetrazzini, Garden and McCormack sang upon its huge stage. The following year, the New York Metropolitan Opera Company purchased it, renaming it the Metropolitan Opera House of Philadelphia. During 1916 and 1917, Leopold Stokowski conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra there is special Sunday concerts, and in 1932 presented the American premiere of Schoenberg's "Gurrelieder" from its stage.
At various times, the building was owned by the Shriners and the Stanley-Warner theatrical chain, until its present owner, the Reverend Thea Jones, bought it and established his church there in 1954.
Having endured time, economic fortune and misfortune, and even a disastrous fire, the remarkable house has retained the acoustics which Tetrazzini called "absolutely perfect." EMI/Angel is grateful to the designers, and to the gracious cooperation of Reverend Jones, for a rewarding experience. Both Maestri Ormandy and Muti have wholeheartedly endorsed the results. It is a matter of considerable pride to the producers of these recordings that the notable event of the first performance of The Philadelphia Orchestra under its distinguished conductors on EMI/Angel is also the occasion whereby this historic hall is again conjoined to the celebration of music.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Side A - Runout): 034574 S-1-37539 G-1
  • Other (Side B - Runout): 034574 S-2-37539 G-4
  • Other (Mastering Stamp): Mastered By Capitol

Other Versions (5 of 13) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ASD 3645 Mussorgsky* - Ravel* / Stravinsky*The Philadelphia Orchestra · Riccardo Muti Mussorgsky* - Ravel* / Stravinsky*The Philadelphia Orchestra · Riccardo Muti - Pictures At An Exhibition / The Firebird (Suite, 1919)(LP) EMI ASD 3645 UK 1979 Sell This Version
MFSL 1-520 Mussorgsky* - Ravel* - Stravinsky* / The Philadelphia Orchestra / Riccardo Muti Mussorgsky* - Ravel* - Stravinsky* / The Philadelphia Orchestra / Riccardo Muti - Pictures At An Exhibition / The Firebird (Suite, 1919)(LP, Album, RE, RM) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-520 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
3C 065-03430 Mussorgsky* - Ravel* / Stravinsky*The Philadelphia Orchestra · Riccardo Muti Mussorgsky* - Ravel* / Stravinsky*The Philadelphia Orchestra · Riccardo Muti - Pictures At An Exhibition / The Firebird (Suite, 1919)(LP) EMI 3C 065-03430 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
EAC-80512 Mussorgsky* - Ravel* / Stravinsky*The Philadelphia Orchestra · Riccardo Muti Mussorgsky* - Ravel* / Stravinsky*The Philadelphia Orchestra · Riccardo Muti - Pictures At An Exhibition / The Firebird (Suite, 1919)(LP) Angel Records, EMI EAC-80512 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
WI 3224 Mussorgsky* - Ravel* / Stravinsky*The Philadelphia Orchestra · Riccardo Muti Mussorgsky* - Ravel* / Stravinsky*The Philadelphia Orchestra · Riccardo Muti - Pictures At An Exhibition / The Firebird (Suite, 1919)(LP, Club) World Record Club WI 3224 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version

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March 29, 2011
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