Released: Dec 2012
Label: New York Philharmonic
Not the most original bit of programming here, but this is still a pleasurable album of chestnuts by two Russian masters. Mussorgsky's tone poem "Night on Bald Mountain" is familiar, but the attack of the Philharmonic's brass section keeps things from ever seeming too comfortable. The Rimsky-Korsakov suite has some mystery to it as well, beginning with the violin-plus-harp leitmotif that introduces its title character. The Philharmonic handles this Romantic repertory quite well, as ever, though this lacks the spark that sometimes attends its investigations of lesser-known repertoire.