I wondered if post-Little would be an anti-climax, but Mussorgsky
's Pictures At An Exhibition (arranged by Ravel) was a worthy closing piece, with the added bonus of giving several talented RLPO members solo spots as they wended their way through the musical episodes.
Utilizing Slavic singers for the most part may help in the presentation of Khovanchina, Mussorgsky
's gloomy account of yet another blood-fed episode in the sad history of Russia and its constantly thwarted longing for progress.
The concert programme consists of works by Mussorgsky
and Tchaikovsky, and Carillons for oboe and orchestra by Grace Williams.
Debussy: Symphonic Fragments; Mussorgsky
: Pictures at an Exhibition.
The second Petersburg academic troupe, Mussorgsky
Theater (better known in the West as Maly) is no better.
An alcoholic Mussorgsky
- imaginative but doomed to die young - opened with his mysteriously sombre and eerily repetitive prelude to Khovanschina.
Music by Mussorgsky
in the Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov, plus Music from An Elizabethan Court were also among the band's contributions, ending with Elsa's Procession To The Minster by Wagner (arr Himes).
024 7652 4524 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, cello Alisa Weilerstein, conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali - Prokofiev, Dvorak, Mussorgsky
: Birmingham Symphony Hall, 7.30pm.
The following evening, pianist Llyr Williams will perform a virtuosic programme with works by Liszt, Debussy and Mussorgsky
's most famous piano composition, Pictures at an Exhibition.
His orchestration of Mussorgsky
's A Night on a Bare Mountain was insurgent and lively, coming to a magnificent and rousing conclusion, though there were a few moments where orchestral ensemble was not all it might have been.
10 Which progressive band recorded a rock version of Mussorgsky
's Pictures At An Exhibition?
The orchestra will be back on the same stage next Wednesday, for a live morning broadcast on Radio 3 when Rumon Gamba conducts works by Schumann, Mussorgsky