This hybrid SACD contains stereo and 4.0 multi-channel audio and I think it's fantastic!
For this album TOMITA created some of the most unusual, high quality electronic sounds ever heard. Then he used these sounds very effectively in some amazing orchestrations. The listening is as enjoyable as it is bizarre, quite an accomplishment in itself.
Janis is a brilliant pianist, and he manages to capture the essence of Mussorgsky's work in his performance in one foul swoop. He varies the mood of each Promenade to link pictures together, and he can characterise the pictures well, making you see them jumping out at you.
There are many great things to enjoy, but what really jumped out at me in this recording was Ravel’s astonishingly good orchestration. We’ve all heard the music umpteen times, and, like many comfortable things, we tend to take it for granted. Reiner and his heroes will refresh your memory of Ravel’s (and Moussorgsky’s) genius with unassailable playing and a rich interpretation. Like all great things, it just seems right. The magic continues with the warm recorded sound. The soundstage is wide if not deep, and imaging is similar to the hall perspective.(Anthony Kershaw - Audiophilia Classics)
Valery Gergiev continues to cement his status as the leading conductor of Russian classics with this program of popular works by Mussorgsky. Pictures at an Exhibition, the composer's homage to the artist Victor Hartmann in the well-known orchestral arrangement by Ravel, takes pride of place, and true to form, Gergiev elicits a powerfully dynamic, sharply drawn performance from the Vienna Philharmonic.