Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Piano Concerto Version) & Pictures from the Crimea


Australian conductor Geoffrey Simon is resident in London and has appeared there with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra. Internationally, he has appeared with the Adelaide, Atlanta, Bournemouth, Canberra, City of Birmingham, Fort Worth, Melbourne, Milwaukee, Queensland, Sapporo, Shanghai, St Louis, Sydney, Tasmanian, Vermont and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, the Israel, Moscow, Munich and New Japan Philharmonic Orchestras, the American Symphony, the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and the Australian Opera.

Written after Mussorgsky had met Russian artist and designer Viktor Hartmann, Pictures at an Exhibition is by far Mussorgsky’s most played work. The piece was written when Hartmann gave Mussorgsky two ‘pictures.’ Hartmann very suddenly died aged 39; following his death, a memorial exhibition was put on in St. Petersburg. Mussorgsky donated the two ‘pictures’ which Hartmann had given him before he died. Mussorgsky is said to have based the piece on his experiences at this exhibition, which was in memory of Hartmann. The concerto version is performed here by Tamas Ungar in an arrangement by Lawrence Leonard.


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Release date: 10/07/20

Catalogue code: SIGCD2095

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Pictures at an Exhibition (Piano Concerto Version)
1. Promenade I
2. I. Gnomus
3. Promenade II
4. II. The Old Castle
5. Promenade III
6. III. Tuileries
7. IV. Bydlo
8. Promenade IV
9. V. Ballet of the Chickens in Their Shells
10. VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
11. Promenade V
12. VII. Limoges, The Market Place
13. VIII. Catacombs, Sepulchrum Romanum
14. Cum Mortuis in Lingua Mortua
15. IX. The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba Yaga)
16. X. The Great Gate of Kiev

Two Interludes from Khovantchina
17. I. Dawn on the Moscow River
18. II. Galitsin’s Journey
19. Gopark from Sorochinsky Fair

Pictures from the Crimea
20. I. Hoursouff
21. II. Rêverie (Douma)
22. III. Capriccio
23. Scherzo in B-Flat
24. A Tear-Drop
25. Night on Bald Mountain

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