In stereo, as I listened to it, the sound of the Mussorgsky
is slightly veiled, as though there were too much hall reverberation, too much resonance, present.
An alcoholic Mussorgsky
- imaginative but doomed to die young - opened with his mysteriously sombre and eerily repetitive prelude to Khovanschina.
The concert includes Enigma Variations by Elgar, and Ravel's arrangement of Pictures of an Exhibition by Mussorgsky
, a repertoire John has been waiting years to perform.
But there was a full house in May for the Marinsky Theatre Orchestra and conductor Valery Gergiev's all-Russian programme: Mussorgsky
, Prokofiev and Shostakovich in epic performances.
Then there was a programme promising a hamper full of Russian treats from Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky
, with a touch of French fancy in the form of Ravel.
The concert programme consists of works by Mussorgsky
and Tchaikovsky, and Carillons for oboe and orchestra by Grace Williams.
Perhaps surprisingly for Wand, who is best known for his recordings of Beethoven, Brahms, and Bruckner, he has had a soft spot in his heart for the Mussorgsky
piece for many years and has only recently gotten around to recording it digitally.
The second Petersburg academic troupe, Mussorgsky
Theater (better known in the West as Maly) is no better.
CBSO/Nelsons Conducts Bruckner's Eighth Symphony Hall With Andris Nelsons succumbing to a viral infection, Simone Young, whom we will see later this season in Mussorgsky
, Sibelius, Debussy and Stravinsky, came galloping over the horizon to rescue the CBSO's planned performance of Bruckner's massive Eighth Symphony.
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).
Opera North's November week at the Theatre Royal brought a trio of compelling new productions in Rigoletto, Peter Grimes and a solo tour de force from soprano Joan Rodgers in Poulenc's La Voix Humaine, while the BBC Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic drew full houses at The Sage with popular works by Dvorck, Janccek, Ravel, Strauss, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky
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
Music of Borodin, Glinka, Mussorgsky
, and Tchaikovsky.
The reception was followed by a performance of excerpts from Mussorgsky
Boris Godunov, the Kingdom of the Shades scene from La Bayadere, and the Polovtsian Camp Scene from Borodins Prince Igor.
Richter plays Mussorgsky
and Prokofiev Sviatoslav Richter One of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, the rugged, no-nonsense Sviatoslav Richter was a fine ambassador for the music of his native Russia, but this release shows two sides to his temperament.