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Vera Gornostaeva | Vol II | Mussorgsky/Rachmaninoff


MODEST MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition (A Remembrance of Viktor Hartmann), 1874

Track 1: Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo rustico, senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto
Track 2: Gnomus. Sempre vivo
Track 3: Promenade. Moderato commodo assai e con delicatezza
Track 4: Il vecchio castello. Andante molto cantabile e con dolore
Track 5: Promenade. Moderato non tanto, pesamente
Track 6: Tuileries. Dispute d’enfants après jeux. Allegretto non troppo, capriccioso
Track 7: Bydlo. Sempre moderato, peasant
Track 8: Promenade. Tranquillo
Track 9: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks. Scherzino (vivo, leggiero)
Track 10: “Samuel” Goldenberg und “Schmuÿle.” Andante. Grave-energico – Andantino
Track 11: Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo russico, poco sostenuto
Track 12: Limoges, le marché (La grande nouvelle). Allegretto vivo, sempre scherzando
Track 13: Catacombæ (Sepulcrum romanum). Largo
Track 14: Con mortuis in lingua mortua. Andante non troppo con lamento
Track 15: The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba-Yagá). Allegro con brio, feroce – Andante mosso – Allegro molto
Track 16: The Great Gate of Kiev. Allegro alla breve. Maestoso. Con grandezza

SERGEY RACHMANINOFF: Ten Selected Preludes; Moments Musicaux, Op. 16, No. 4

Track 17: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2 (Lento-Agitato-Tempo primo)
Track 18: Prelude in F sharp minor, Op. 23, No. 1 (Largo)
Track 19: Prelude in D minor, Op. 23, No. 3 (Tempo di minuetto)
Track 20: Prelude in D major, Op. 23, No. 4 (Andante cantabile)
Track 21: Prelude in C minor, Op. 23, No. 7 (Allegro)
Track 22: Prelude in E flat major, Op.23, No.6 (Andante)
Track 23: Prelude in E major, Op. 32, No. 3 (Allegro vivace)
Track 24: Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, No. 10 (Lento)
Track 25: Prelude in G flat major, Op. 23, No. 10 (Largo)
Track 26: Prelude in A minor, Op. 32, No. 8 (Vivo)
Track 27: Moments Musicaux in E minor, Op. 16, No. 4 (Presto)


Track 28: “Dance of the Girls with Lilies” from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75

SKU: LP1005

Product Description


LP Classics’s “Discovering a Legend” series is continuing to explore the live performances of the brilliant Russian pianist Vera Gornostaeva. The uncovering of Vera Gornostaeva’s unique rendition of Mussorgsky’s Pictures and Rachmaninoff’s Preludes is, by all means, a true revelation. When first presented with the list of available material collected over the years, we were immediately drawn to this live recital. Instinctively, we were most certain that this was a great and inimitable performance – and it did not disappoint! Mussorgsky soars and Rachmaninoff sings in the grand tradition of piano playing that hardly exists nowadays.

First, it was recorded live at the Small Hall of the Moscow State Conservatoire on April 26th, 1959 and subsequently broadcasted live on Soviet Radio. Since then, these tapes have been quietly sitting in the storage facilities of Gosteleradiofond – State Fund of Television and Radio Programs in Moscow, Russia. Though the original reels were unfortunately lost, a copy was thankfully preserved. Of course, after 53 years of being on a shelf, it was a labor of love to bring these gems back to life and release them for the first time.

We placed this project in the hands of the amazing and incomparable, Grammy winning mastering engineer, Silas Brown, who, after peeling layer after layer of hiss and other unwanted elements, brought back to life what in our opinion is one of the most charged, fiery and poetic performances of these works. It is our privilege to introduce you to this record and we plan to continue this series with great pride.


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