Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Natalia Kazaryan, piano
Britten: Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Falla's mysterious and sensual piano masterpiece captures the atmosphere of exotic gardens in Spain. Britten's four portaits of the sea from his opera Peter Grimes show how the sea serves not only as a backdrop of the story, but also reflects the drama unfolding on stage in this tale of murder, violence, and mystery.
Mussorgsky's Pictures from an Exhibition, brought to life in the splendid orchestration by Maurice Ravel, is a powerful display of cultural pride, as well as a requiem honoring the memory of a dear friend. The final chords of "The Great Gate of Kiev" are one of the ultimate examples of orchestral apotheosis.
Prelude: Join Christopher Purdy from WOSU Classical 101 for a pre-concert talk