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John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, January 2014

The Slovak pianist, composer and conductor Peter Breiner…has created his own version, which sounds quite different from Ravel’s. While this won’t replace some of the outstanding recordings of the Pictures it will stand on its own as a fascinating alternate version.

Breiner’s nearly 19-minute orchestration of the Songs and Dances of Death is a godsend for those of us who prefer the instrumental to the vocal.  It is a fascinating and exciting orchestration of this vocal music which stands alone as if it were a brand new orchestral work from Mussorgsky just discovered somewhere. I always thought the original song cycle was a bit macabre as it was, and this transcription is just perfect. The Nursery is also interesting to have in a strictly instrumental version, but not as exciting as the Songs and Dances. © Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, January 2014

As might be guessed with an annual prestigious concert such as this one, everything went off like clockwork, as far as I could tell. Russian tenor Sergei Semishkur’s outstanding performance of The Songs and Dances of Death by Mussorgsky shows all, that great Russian music is not all popular or with ballet frills added. This is outstanding and very serious music making. Orchestral playing is faultless…If you do not have a very good recording of Prokofiev’s fifth symphony, the one in this grouping is about as good as it ever gets and is his highly recommended. © 2014 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

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