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The Sheffield "Moscow Sessions" arrived today - still crazy good after all these years

First listen in 30 years and I still regard it as the best orchestral recordings of all time. Back then I was surrounded by orchestral instruments every Wednesday night and in frequent concerts, my system may have been marginally better, a great meal is seldom as good on a return trip, but this time it is.

The Moscow Philharmonic was as good as any at the time; Lawrence Leighton Smith and Dimitri Kitayenko are brilliant. Smith, hardly a household name, shows a mastery of the Tschaikowsky 5, in dynamic shadings and tempo, as good or better than Ormandy on his vaunted Columbia outing.

Oh, and there's the seldom heard Khovanshchina Prelude by Mussorgsky, a rare treat.

3 LPs

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka Russian And Ludmilla, Overture
Conductor - Lawrence Leighton-Smith
-Peter Ilyich Tchaikowsky* Symphony No. 5 In E Minor (Op. 64)
Conductor - Lawrence Leighton-Smith
1-2 - I. Andante - Allegro Con Anima
1-3 - II. Andante - Cantabile Con Alcuna Licensa
2-1 - III. Valse (Allegro Moderato)
2-2 - IV. Finale (Andante Maestoso, Allegro Vivace)
2-3 -Modest Mussorgsky Khovanshchina Prelude
Conductor - Lawrence Leighton-Smith
-Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 (Op. 10)
Conductor - Lawrence Leighton-Smith
3-1 - I. Allegretto
3-2 - II. Allegro
3-3 - III. Lento
3-4 - IV. Allegro Molto
4-1 -Walter Piston The Incredible Flutist (Ballet Suite)
Conductor - Dimitri Kitayenko*
4-2 -Samuel Barber First Essay For Orchestra
Conductor - Dimitri Kitayenko*
5-1 -Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Overture (Op. 96; 1954)
Conductor - Lawrence Leighton-Smith
5-2 -Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring (Ballet For Martha)
Conductor - Dimitri Kitayenko*
6-1 -George Gershwin Lullaby (For String Quartet 1916)
Conductor - Dimitri Kitayenko*
6-2 -Charles Griffes The White Peacock
Conductor - Dimitri Kitayenko*
6-3 -Alexander Glazunov Valse De Concert In D (Op. 47)
Conductor - Lawrence Leighton-Smith
6-4 -Charles Ives The Unanswered Question
Conductor - Dimitri Kitayenko*
Conductor [Flutes] - Lawrence Leighton-Smith

Eventually you make enough mistakes that you learn something and it looks like talent.

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Topic - The Sheffield "Moscow Sessions" arrived today - still crazy good after all these years - B. Scarpia 19:44:45 04/19/21 (1)


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