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BBC Music Magazine, March 2014

Utterly different in feel and texture to Ravel’s celebrated orchestration of Pictures, Peter Breiner demonstrates a special empathy with Mussorgsky’s startling world of Romantic primitivism. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



John Whitmore
MusicWeb International, February 2014

This is a well filled disc and the two suites are a very substantial bonus.

Playing standards are exemplary throughout. The orchestra clearly enjoyed playing for Breiner and the recording is bright and punchy. Overall this is great value for money and a worthy addition to the Mussorgsky discography. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, January 2014

For those, like myself, who are fascinated by the different treatments that composers and arrangers over the years have dished out to Mussorgsky’s Pictures, this disc will be an interesting and valuable addition to the very substantial number of various versions of the work. There are indeed sufficient variety of orchestrations for Leonard Slatkin some years ago to have compiled an ‘omnibus’ edition using different composers for each section of the work. A good many of these have never been recorded in their entirety. Each brings a new slant on a familiar work, and all are welcome. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, January 2014

Producer Wayne Laird and engineer Paul McGlashan recorded the music for Naxos…The sonic experience they obtained is typical of Naxos: big and bold, with a wide stereo spread, a mild reverberation, and, in this case, a good depth of field. Good, strong dynamics complement the presentation and provide for a reasonably realistic hall sound. © 2014 Classical Candor Read complete review



Infodad.com, December 2013

All the works are quite well played, and Breiner the conductor is clearly adept at bringing out the lines and emphases that Breiner the arranger has put into these works. The result is a disc that tells more about Breiner than about Mussorgsky—and is no less interesting because of that fact. © 2013 Infodad.com Read complete review





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