As a follow up to yesterday’s Night on Bald Mountain post, I found an album today on iTunes (Canada) that contains 6 recordings of Bald Mountain! Yass! Perfect for comparative listening to get inspiration from great conductors and great orchestras.
Included on that album is a recording by the Slovenian National Opera Orchestra & the Slovenian National Opera Chorus conducted by Samo Hubad. The internet is pretty amazing. It would likely be Mussorgky’s operatic version from 1880. It certainly shows how Rimsky-Korsakov’s edition of it from 1886 (5 years after Mussorgsky’s death) is virtually a composition of his own based on his colleague’s. At least something it has survived despite not being publicly performed during his lifetime. I wonder where it would be right now if it wasn’t for, arguably, Stokowski’s use of it in Disney’s Fantasia.