Black Sabbath


A stormy depiction of Modest Mussorgsky’s witchy classic. Leopold Stokowski conducts his own orchestration of the piece, and the one made famous in the Disney film Fantasia. Essentially a musical rendition of pagan practices from Slavic legends, by way of Gogol, Bare Mountain is a soundscape of savage woodland parties, fertility rites and general wildness. Needless to say, Mussorgsky couldn’t get it performed when he finished the piece in 1867 (coincidentally or not, on St. John’s Eve, when all the gruesome festivities take place). With its percussive opening and demoniac climax, it’s become a Halloween standard.

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