Pictures from an Exhibition composed by Modest Mussorgsky & "The Firebird" composed by Igor Stravinsky is performed on this special recording by the Philadelphia Orchestra led by the charismatic Italian conductor Riccardo Muti who was the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1980 to 1992, with whom he led on numerous international tours and made many acclaimed recordings. Muti was very much an EMI artist in the 1980s and EMI found a new recording venue in the Old Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, the generous acoustic of which "enables this great orchestra to be heard to best advantage" as the Gramophone wrote in 1979. This Album was produced and engineered by Christopher Bishop and Michael Gray. Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS80 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional playback head. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl to audiophile standards.