Music imitates art in Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a dramatic suite of ten movements inspired by the artworks of Victor Hartmann.
Unfolding with joyous energy and daring surprise, Mussorgsky’s musical scenes are as evocative and contrasting as the pictures themselves.
From the endearing inelegance of The Gnome, to the fleeting beauty of the Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks, to the triumphant power of The Great Gate of Kiev – Mussorgsky’s vision is revealed through the power of Ravel’s iconic orchestration.
The brilliance of rising star Marie-Ange Nguci shines through in Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.2. Sometimes reflective and melancholic, sometimes fiery and dramatic, the composer’s own pianistic virtuosity finds its match in Nguci’s generation-defining talent.
MIRIAMA YOUNG Reflections on the Harbour Light
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SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No.2
MUSSORGSKY arr. RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition
MIHHAIL GERTS conductor
MARIE-ANGE NGUCI piano