Mussorgsky (orchestrated)MODEST MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano and Orchestra (orch. Lawrence Leonard [1923-2001]), Dawn on the Moscow River, Scherzo in B Flat and Night on Bald Mountain (orch. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov [1844-1908]), Galitsin’s Journey (orch. Leopold Stokowski [1882-1977]), Gopak from Sorochinsky Fair (orch. Anatol Liadov [1855-1914]), Pictures from the Crimea (orch. Walter Goehr [1903-1960]), A Tear-Drop (orch. Hans Kindler [1892-1949]).
Catalogue Number: 08W033
Format: CD reissue
Description: The main reason for offering this 28-year-old reissue is the previously unperformed arrangement by the British composer and conductor Lawrence Leonard. His version of Pictures at an Exhibition dates from 1977 and is unique amongst all the other orchestrations in that, by retaining the piano as an integral part of the arrangement, Leonard has produced, in effect, a Mussorgsky piano concerto. Indeed, this setting evidences a clear affinity with the “sound-world” of other celebrated Russian piano concertos, most notably those by Tchaikovsky. Tamás Ungár (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra; Geoffrey Simon. Original 1992 Cala release.