Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Night on the Bare Mountain Russian National Orchestra & Carlo Ponti
- Modest Mussorgsky (1839 - 1881), Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937): Pictures at an Exhibition:
- 1Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): Promenade01:41
- 2Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): I. The Gnome02:20
- 3Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): Promenade01:00
- 4Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): II. The Old Castle04:09
- 5Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): Promenade00:35
- 6Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): III. Tuileries01:03
- 7Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): IV. Bydlo02:52
- 8Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): Promenade00:48
- 9Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): V. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks01:12
- 10Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle02:18
- 11Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): VII. The Market Place at Limoges01:28
- 12Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum romanum02:23
- 13Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): Cum mortuis in lingua mortua02:04
- 14Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs [Baba-Yaga]03:33
- 15Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. M. Ravel): X. The Great Gate of Kiev05:29
- Night on Bald Mountain: Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908):
- 16Night on Bald Mountain: St. John's Night on Bald Mountain, "a Night on the Bare Mountain" (Arr. N. Rimsky-Korsakov for Orchestra)10:49
- Sorochinskaya yarmarka (Sorochintsi Fair): Modest Mussorgsky, Anatol Liadov (1855 - 1914):
- 17Sorochinskaya yarmarka (Sorochintsi Fair): Introduction [Arr. A.K. Liadov]04:36
- Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Khovanshchina:
- 18Khovanshchina, Act I: Prelude. Dawn over the Moscow River (Arr. N. Rimsky-Korsakov)05:15
- 19Khovanshchina, Act IV: Dance of the Persian Slaves (Arr. N. Rimsky-Korsakov)06:41
Info zu Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Night on the Bare Mountain
These well known pieces are presented in superb sound. Carlo Ponti Jr. is the son of Carlo Ponti Sr. and Sophia Loren and is a regular conductor of the Russian National Orchestra.
"It may seem perverse with a Russian orchestra to have the least Russian-sounding orchestration of Pictures, albeit the most inspired one. Yet Carlo Ponti, so far as he can, brings out the Russian-ness of Mussorgsky's inspiration with each of the pictures sharply characterised and with much delicate playing in such items as The Fair at Limoges set against the weight of the tuttis, notably in the final Great Gate at KievThat goes with recording of extreme dynamic range, arguably too extreme for domestic comfort. The wind solos are specially impressive, as in the horn descant in the Great Gate of KievIn short, an excellent version of a much-recorded showpiece. Night on Bare Mountain comes in the highly unauthentic but undeniably effective Rimsky version, brilliantly played here with powerful bite. The Khovanshchina excerpts make an effective, atmospheric filler, but the disc offers rather short measure at just on an hour. The Super Audio recording adds to the impact of the performances, well engineered by PentaTone technicians trained by Philips." (Gramophone Magazine, Edward Greenfield)
“...the performances with Carlo Ponti conducting [bring] out the inherent beauty of the melodic passages and the lyrical or descriptive passages... The audio quality is quite excellent... Everything is simply musical and the three excerpts (from Khovanshchina and The Sorochinsky Fair) are a frosting on this musical cake... a solid recommendation is easily given here.” (Positive-feedback)
"Pictures is phenomenal. Jaw-dropping. Inspiring. Riveting. Astonishing. There are some truly fine recordings in the world and this one is full of emotion, Ponti's handling of the content is calculated, articulate, raw, and passionate. It's evident by the handling of this material, especially an orchestral piece that is so demanding. Pictures goes through such a wide range of emotions from start to finish and its dynamics are fully realized here. I would easily say that this recording needs to be in the hands of any serious classical fan immediately, it's that good!" (Nate Goss, Fulvue Drive-In)
Russian National Orchestra
Carlo Ponti, conductor
Russian National Orchestra
The Russian National Orchestra has been in demand throughout the music world ever since its 1990 Moscow premiere. Of the orchestra's 1996 debut at the BBC Proms in London, the Evening Standard wrote, "They played with such captivating beauty that the audience gave an involuntary sigh of pleasure." More recently, they were described as "a living symbol of the best in Russian art" (Miami Herald) and "as close to perfect as one could hope for" (Trinity Mirror).
The first Russian orchestra to perform at the Vatican and in Israel, the RNO maintains an active international tour schedule, appearing in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Guest artists performing with the RNO on tour include conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Nicola Luisotti, Antonio Pappano, Alan Gilbert, Carlo Ponti and Patrick Summers, and soloists Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Lang Lang, Pinchas Zukerman, Sir James Galway, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Steven Isserlis, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Simone Kermes and Renée Fleming, among many others. Popular with radio audiences worldwide, RNO concerts are regularly aired by National Public Radio in the United States and by the European Broadcasting Union.
Gramophone magazine called the first RNO CD (1991) "an awe-inspiring experience; should human beings be able to play like this?" and listed it as the best recording of Tchaikovsky's Pathétique in history. Since then, the orchestra has made more than 70 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and PentaTone Classics, distinguishing the RNO as the only Russian ensemble with long-standing relationships with these prestigious labels, as well as additional discs with many other record companies. Conductors represented in the RNO discography include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Alexander Vedernikov and Paavo Berglund.
Maestro Carlo Ponti
is known for taking audiences of all ages on musical journeys of unique interpretive depth.
He has worked at the Conductor’s Institute in Connecticut under Harold Farberman, with Andrey Boreyko, Mehli Mehta and Zubin Mehta in Los Angeles, and furthered his musical studies in Austria at the Vienna Music Academy under Leopold Hager and Erwin Acel.
Maestro Ponti was awarded Italy’s Premio Galileo award in 2006 for exceptional musical achievement. In the United States, he was the recipient of the 2008 Artistic Achievement Award from the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and the 2009 Spirit of Hope Award from the Childhelp Foundation for his contributions to the development and advancement of young musical talent throughout the world. In 2011 he was co-recipient of the Lupa di Roma prize in Rome, and received the Premio Civitas 2014 award in Naples, Italy.
Ponti has been associate conductor of the Russian National Orchestra since 2000, served as music director and principal conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony from 2001 to 2012, and in 2013 founded the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra — an ensemble that emphasizes music’s educational value, which is currently performing its fourth concert season (2018-2019) in Los Angeles, California.
He has also appeared with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Valencia, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orquesta Filarmonica de Malaga, Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, Orchestra della Repubblica di San Marino, Orchestra della Magna Grecia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Orchestra of the State Opera of Georgia, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Strings, Budapest Concert Orchestra, Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Napa Valley Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Festival Orchestra NAPA, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Cape Town Youth Philharmonic, Taurida Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Orchestra and the UCLA Philharmonia.
International festival engagements include Festival d’Echternach, Festival Vancouver, Taichung Music Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bratislava Spring Music Festival, St. Petersburg Palaces Music Festival, Hungary's Royal Days Festival, Festival Internacional de Musica de Villena, Malaga's Julio Musical, Festival Napa Valley, Tuscan Sun Festival, and the Köln Musik Triennale.
Celebrated as “a brilliant debut” (Audio and Record), Ponti’s recording with the Russian National Orchestra of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on Pentatone Classics quickly garnered critical acclaim. A second album with the RNO featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade was hailed as “superb” (All Music) and “a work in which every little instrumental timbre has a meaning all its own” (Audio Video Club of Atlanta).
Ponti’s work has been profiled on ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, PBS, Fox News, Leonard Lopate, Dennis Miller, Symphony Magazine and the Associated Press. His performances have also been featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today and America’s Music Festivals radio programs.
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