Found this LP of Mussorgsky‘s Pictures at an Exhibition at a Goodwill last week. Honestly, what sealed the deal for me on this record was the cover. Amazing! I do love this piece though. Was skeptical about whether this would be a good rendition, but in fact it sounds very good. This was recorded by the Nord Deutsches Symphony Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Schuechter. A very nice performance, as colorful as the cover artwork, and the sound quality is really pretty excellent too. This copy does have its share of pops & crackles, but not enough to keep me from enjoying it.
Now I’ll be honest– it was Emerson, Lake & Palmer who first introduced me to this piece of music. I know, the true classical lovers are rolling their eyes now, but it’s the truth and I gotta come clean… Progressive rock was definitely my doorway to classical music and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this record today, and it reminded me that classical is best served on vinyl. Sure, I have some nice sounding classical CDs too, but somehow records just bring out the best in a well-recorded piece of classical music: the warm sound of a french horn, the crisp attack of the trumpets and the deep resonance of the cellos and basses. It doesn’t get much better than that.
The Verdict: SCORE!
My Cost: 99¢