KHCD-2013-036DL (STEREO) - Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition; Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture - Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Erich Kunzel - Very rare Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra recording, last in the short-lived series taped by Decca (US) in 1970, and the second recording with Erich Kunzel conducting (the first was a collaboration with Duke Ellington, available on Klassic Haus KHCD-2011-053). The surfaces on the later Decca/MCA LP were indifferent at best, and horrible most of the time (which unfortunately probably helped end the series). The disc used for this transcription looked pristine, but there were still random places that defied restoration; some quiet passages late in "Pictures" have vestiges of its vinyl origins. The recording itself is quite good, spectacular in the "Hut on Fowl's Legs" and "Great Gate of Kiev" (from which the MP3 sample is derived). The Berlioz overture is quite exciting as well, and fortunately the vinyl behaved itself during recording. Collectors of the CSO series will find this a welcome addition, and those who have not listened to the Cincinnati Symphony series will find this a great intro. All CD artwork is included.