Sir Malcolm Sargent - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition/ Night on Bald Mountain


Classic Records (Everest)



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AEVC 3053Q
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Another of the series of Everest recordings done in London with Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting the London Symphony, in this event performing a couple of old war horses in Pictures and Night on Bald Mountain. To say these were definitive performances would be overstating the case, however, they are perfectly executed if at a bit slower pace than others – notably the Reiner/CSO on RCA. Rene Leibowitz's performances on Power of the Orchestra (RCA VCS 2659) have been the sonic standards for many years, but the Everest takes the sonics that make these pieces sing to a new level of reality – you can for a moment actually believe you are in the Hall. It takes a certain majesty to pull off full orchestra reality in the home environment and this recording comes as close as possible to fully achieving that effortless sense of size necessary to do so. Bert Whyte is again at the controls for another outstanding Everest 35mm recording at London's famed Walthamstow Assembly Hall – the same hall used extensively by Decca and Kenneth Wilkinson.

This LP was cut directly from the 35mm magnetic film using a vintage Westrex 1551 tape machine, with specially built playback electronics that are vastly superior to any others used on these machines to playback the original 35mm tapes. The Len Horowitz/History of Recorded Sound specially modified 1551, fitted with brand new playback heads matched to the revolutionary playback electronics was stationed at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. With Len Horowitz running the playback machine and Bernie Grundman mastering from the three-track 35mm tapes, Classic Records has been able to cut the legendary sound and performances directly from the 35mm magnetic film through Classic's all-tube tape playback system. Authentic tip-on construction jackets with all original artwork and labels add to this must have deluxe LP edition.

"…Classic has taken great pains to get the tape-to-disc transfer process just right, using a vintage Westrex 1551 tape machine, with specially built tube playback electronics. To my ear, the results are a complete success. Classic's Len Horowitz and Bernie Grundman have tamed the hot high end of Everests without touching their famously lovely textures and dynamics, and vast soundstaging. Bravo to both!" – Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound, September 2006,

1. Pictures at an Exhibition
2. A Night on Bald Mountain

Customer Reviews (4.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Great Recording, Poorly Centered Disc

posted on 06/02/2011
3 Stars
The performance and recording are wonderful. I gave this review 3 stars because the disc pressing is flawed. The disc doesn't lie flat and the tracks are slightly off set. A $35 lp shouldn't cause the tonearm head dance around and ask the listener to ignore the associated distortion.

Great Sound & Interpretation

posted on 11/07/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: John P.
I am a huge fan of this piece in both orchestral and solo piano form. Do not let the above mention about this being done at a slower pace than the Reiner deter you from acquiring this disc! I have long enjoyed the Reiner and this is right up there with it. The orchestral color and presence are superb. A rare disc that contradicts Mr. Holt's dictum about having a disc in great sound and performance. If you need a Pictures and a Bald Mountain on LP go no further than this gem!

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