Ravel: La Valse / Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhib
Label: harmonia mundi
Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth
Toscanini regarded this orchestration of Pictures At An Exhibition as a genuine treatise on instrumentation, on a par with that of Berlioz: scored for the same instrumental forces as La Valse, Ravel’s version quickly established itself ahead of all the many competing orchestrations of Mussorgsky’s piano suite. In François-Xavier Roth’s view, La Valse and the Pictures together represent the peak of the composer’s output for the symphony orchestra of his time - that is to say, as the musicians of Les Siècles reconstruct it for us today. What a joy to get back to the original colours of this music.