Jordan, Philippe

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

CD
7 Apr 2017

Barcode: 0190295877910

Other participants: Orchestre de L'Opera National de Paris

Philippe Jordan conducts the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris in much-loved works by Russian composers: Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in Ravel’s famous orchestration.

Directly before the recording sessions, a concert featuring both works prompted this response from ResMusica: “Philippe Jordan, known for his precision in interpreting a score, exhibited superb authority in a programme that showed off the orchestra to great effect and astonished the ear with its profusion of colours … Pictures at an Exhibition was marvellous from beginning to end.”


Commenting on his life as a conductor in the French newspaper Les Échos, Jordan said: “My feeling is that activity both in the orchestral pit and on the concert podium is necessary for a full appreciation of what a conductor’s life has to offer.”

The Swiss-born maestro is much admired for the refinement he draws from orchestras; as Gramophone observed of his Erato release of Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé, recorded with the orchestra of the Paris Opéra: “He graces the rhythms and dynamics with natural, malleable inflection and crafts the textures with such care.”

For all that, Jordan believes that “Sheer beauty of sound is not enough … you have to find the particular soundworld of each work, of each composer.”

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: I. Promenade I  - Philippe Jordan 
02 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: II. Gnomus  - Philippe Jordan 
03 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: III. Promenade II  - Philippe Jordan 
04 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: IV. Il Vecchio Castello  - Philippe Jordan 
05 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: V. Promenade III  - Philippe Jordan 
06 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: VI. Tuileries  - Philippe Jordan 
07 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: VII. Bydlo  - Philippe Jordan 
08 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: VIII. Promenade IV  - Philippe Jordan 
09 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: IX. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks  - Philippe Jordan 
10 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: X. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle  - Philippe Jordan 
11 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: XI. The Market at Limoges  - Philippe Jordan 
12 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: XII. Catacombæ (Sepulcrum romanum)  - Philippe Jordan 
13 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: XIII. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua  - Philippe Jordan 
14 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: XIV. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yagá)  - Philippe Jordan 
15 Mussorgsky / Arr Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: XV. The Great Gate of Kiev  - Philippe Jordan 
16 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical symphony": I. Allegro  - Philippe Jordan 
17 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical symphony": II. Larghetto  - Philippe Jordan 
18 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical symphony": III. Gavotta  - Philippe Jordan 
19 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical symphony": IV. Finale - Molto vivace  - Philippe Jordan 


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