Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Free iTunes download of Mussorgsky

October 14, 2008

CSO offers free 'Bald Mountain' download
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and record label Telarc are offering a free digital download of Mussorgsky’s "Night on Bald Mountain" as orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov.

The piece, based on a witches’ Sabbath, is a Halloween staple familiar to generations from Walt Disney’s animated feature Fantasia.
“It is unmistakably Russian… moody and very atmospheric,” said CSO Music Director Paavo Järvi. “Night on Bald Mountain is a fairy tale… Russian composers of the time were drawn to the philosophical fairy tale and to the supernatural.”
The free download on iTunes romotes the 14th Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Telarc recording, an all-Mussorgsky disc available on iTunes and in CD and SACD formats. The repertoire also includes the composer’s Pictures at an Exhibition and closes with the serene Prelude to Khovanshchina.

To download Night on Bald Mountain, visit

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