New CD: The “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgski
The new CD by the ensemble, Anima Eterna Brugge, has been on the market since March, 2014: under the baton of the Belgian conductor, Jos Van Immerseel, the musicians present Modest Petrowitsch Mussorgski's “Pictures at an Exhibition” (orch. version). “Mainstream recordings” (…) remain “indifferent” in comparison.
Ravel's “Ma mère l'oye” is also featured. Listeners are served a feast for the ears on original instruments!
A brief sample from the critiques:
Michael Wersin: Rondomagazin, May 17th, 2014
“In the case of Ravel's arrangement of the 'Pictures at an Exhibition*' by Mussorgski (1922) on this recording, it becomes apparent, latest by the saxophone entry, that in terms of sound, there's a whole lot to be discovered here. This is where mainstream recordings fall short, remaining comparatively indifferent. But it is also the entire interplay between the registers of the orchestra: with fascinating plasticity, each group emerges from the tutti sound yet simultaneously and brilliantly blends with the other groups – it is as if the veil is lifted from the standard orchestral sound one is accustomed to hearing with this piece”.
Graham Rickson: Theartsdesk.com, May 9th, 2014
"Ravel's over-fussy orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures can fall flat - perhaps because its crystalline refinement can seem at odds with the magnificent rawness of the piano originals. But Immerseel's players achieve wonders here; characterful brass never overwhelms and the woodwinds sing out with piercing clarity."