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Mussorgsky 'Night on the Bare Mountain' - Original Version

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Uploaded on Dec 30, 2011

The familiar version of "Night on the Bare Mountain" is the work of Rimsky-Korsakov, who not only shortened Mussorgsky's original score but also re-orchestrated it, added passages of his own, changed the harmonies, and largely re-composed the whole work. Mussorgsky's own orchestral composition was never played in his lifetime, though he also made a choral version for interpolation in his opera "Sorochintsy Fair" (also uploaded here). We hear now the first recording of Mussorgsky's original score in a performance by the London Philharmonic conducted by David Lloyd-Jones on a 1971 Philips LP. The sleeve notes state that the title on the manuscript is "St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain" and that there are four sections to the music: (i) Assembly of the Witches; (ii) Satan's Journey; (iii) Black Mass; (iv) Sabbath.

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