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    Posted: December 30 2010 at 14:50
Well?? Tongue

My favourite is Bydło without a doubt!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 14:54
The Great Gates of Kiev is the most powerful, majestic, and hearing it live in Ravel's orchestration played right is amazing.

Thinking it over, though, the grandiose effect of the last number is achieved in part with the terror and sudden violence of the previous one, Baba Yaga

The orchestral version's magic owes a lot to Ravel. Many have orchestrated the work but Ravel's is still the best. The original piano suite is sadly almost unknown and it's every bit as magical.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 16:07
I love all. But Bydlo and Battle Of The Unhatched Chicks are totally sick (Isao Tomita, anyone?)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 16:17
Big fan of the orchestral and original piano versions as well as Tomita's, which turned me on to the piece.  I like ELP's versions as well.  Favorite track is a hard one...
Released date are often when it it impacted you but recorded dates are when it really happened...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 17:37
 For me,a favorite track is also a hard one, i love ELP's version, and as orchestral versions go,i am in love with Arturo Toscanini's recording from the early 1950s with the NBC Symphony
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 19:47
Wait a second, I think some pictures were put in the promenade...
Cum mortuis in ligua morta, for having cum in the title.
I've heard the gates of Kiev and they are great.
Released date are often when it it impacted you but recorded dates are when it really happened...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 20:01
I am trying to find my Pictures album (non-ELP).  I think it is the Ravel score.  But my LP's are down low in the cabinet, and I've strained my knee...the subwoofer is in front of the lower cabinets and there's a twist and turn involved there.  I am not kidding nor making fun.  I was gonna get that sucker out and listen to it.  I do like the majesty of the Great Gates of Kiev, I'll say, but will wait to vote.
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Lincoln County Road or Armageddon.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 21:38
The great gates....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 21:58
I walked down the aisle to The Promenade. Majestic and uplifting.
And for a moment when our world had filled the skies, Magic turned our eyes,
To feast on the treasure set for our strange device
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 22:30
Voted for Baba Yaga (although the whole piece is excellent throughout)

What's interesting about Pictures is that the version that most people are familiar with is Ravel's orchestration of what was intended as a solo piano piece by the composer.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 31 2010 at 09:03
Originally posted by ExittheLemming ExittheLemming wrote:


What's interesting about Pictures is that the version that most people are familiar with is Ravel's orchestration of what was intended as a solo piano piece by the composer.

I like the piano version more, especially in the interpretation of Vladimir Ashkenazy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 31 2010 at 12:52
Originally posted by Formentera Lady Formentera Lady wrote:


Originally posted by ExittheLemming ExittheLemming wrote:

What's interesting about Pictures is that the version that most people are familiar with is Ravel's orchestration of what was intended as a solo piano piece by the composer.
I like the piano version more, especially in the interpretation of Vladimir Ashkenazy.
There's a Decca album that comes with Mussorgsky's original piano piece played by the great Ashkenazy and an orchestral version by Ashkenazy himself, not the typical Ravel one. None can touch the Ravel, though.
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