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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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New York CityBehzod Abduraimov, Piano

Chopin, Debussy, Mussorgsky
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EdinburghNicola Benedetti in Concert

Shostakovich, Sibelius, Mussorgsky
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Christian Reif; Nicola Benedetti

GlasgowNicola Benedetti in Concert

Shostakovich, Sibelius, Mussorgsky
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Christian Reif; Nicola Benedetti

LuganoConcerto di San Silvestro

Mussorgsky, Ravel
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana; Krzysztof Urbański

HamburgOrchestre National de France

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Debussy, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky
Orchestre National de France; Emmanuel Krivine; Julia Fischer
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In Prague, the future is now: AI composes for the PKF

Petr Nekoranec and Emmanuel Villaume with the PKF © Václav Hodina
Artificial intelligence shows it can write music, but human composers need not worry – not yet, anyway.
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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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