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Work: Pictures at an Exhibition

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ComposerMussorgsky, Modest Petrovich (1839-1881)
PeriodRomantic
Year1874
Work typeInstrumental
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DetroitPictures at an Exhibition

Berlioz, Fairouz, Mussorgsky
Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin

HoustonTrifonov Plays Tchaikovsky

Connesson, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky
Houston Symphony; Krzysztof Urbański; Daniil Trifonov

SapporoMussorgsky, Khachaturian

Mussorgsky, Khachaturian
Mussorgsky, Khachaturian
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra; Kentaro Kawase; Seiya Ueno

Hong KongThe Labèque Sisters

Wagner, Glass, Chan, Mussorgsky
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Katia Labèque; Marielle Labèque

LondonBehzod Abduraimov: Mussorgsky, Debussy & Chopin

© Abdourrazakov Nissor
Mussorgsky, Debussy, Chopin
Behzod Abduraimov, Piano
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Alexandre Kantorow wows with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Antwerp

Alexandre Kantorow © Jean-Baptiste Millot
Think of a poet irresistibly teasing your senses by his creative use of rhythm, his unpredictable style of speech and his unfailing imagination.
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Orchestral colour by the container load: Altinoglu and the LSO

Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
After an enjoyable but safe Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no. 2, Altinoglu celebrates his birthday by rendering each of Pictures at an Exhibition in extravagant orchestral Technicolor.
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Maritime pictures from Chan, Morison and the BBC NOW

Elim Chan conducts the BBC NOW © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Painting pictures in music can often be stimulating. In a programme inspired by the sea and by pictorial art, Elim Chan, Catriona Morison and the BBC NOW reveal the underlying colour. 
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Heavenly Mussorgsky from Japan's Newspaper Orchestra

Cornelius Meister © Marco Borggreve
One of Japan’s leading orchestras, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, turned in performances of two warhorses as different as night and day. In between came a revelation in the form of a young cellist destined for greatness.
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Seong-Jin Cho brings his remarkable tonal abilities to Carnegie Hall

Seong-Jin Cho at Carnegie Hall in 2017 © Julien Jourdes
Seong-Jin Cho's mixture of virtuosic and poetic dispositions, of fierce and restraint temperaments were constantly present during the entire recital.
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