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Mussorgsky- Pictures At An Exhibition

Simon Tedeschi

CD  |  Classical  |  04 Sep 2015

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Prodigious Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi tackles one of the masterworks of the solo piano repertoire: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Pictures at an Exhibition was composed as a tribute to one of Mussorgsky’s close friends, the painter Victor Hartmann, in the wake of his tragic and untimely death. Musical interpretations of the paintings at an exhibition held in Hartmann’s memory are interspersed by five Promenades, in which Mussorgsky portrays himself moving from picture to picture. The narrative of the work encompasses richly vivid, imaginative and varied musical depictions of the paintings, from ‘Tuileries’ – in which we hear children chattering and fighting in a Parisian garden – to a depiction of a crude Polish farm wagon (‘Bydlo’) to the quicksilver ‘Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells’.

“When I was asked by ABC to record this work, I could scarcely wait to sink my teeth into it. Like any iconic piece, it traverses the centuries and transfixes us with its pertinence to the struggles, conflicts and fixations we face today.” – Simon Tedeschi

Pictures at an Exhibition is accompanied on this album by the surprising, delightful and innocent Album for the Young by Tchaikovsky.

Simon Tedeschi has performed in major concert halls throughout Australia, Europe, North America and Asia, and for world leaders including George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. His wide-ranging discography includes acclaimed recordings of concertos by Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Mozart, and solo albums Gershwin and Me, Gershwin: Take Two, and Tender Earth. He also played the hands of acclaimed pianist David Helfgott for the Oscar-winning film Shine.


Title: Mussorgsky- Pictures At An Exhibition

Format: CD

Release Date: 04 Sep 2015

Artist: Simon Tedeschi

Sku: 2300546

Catalogue No: 4811963

Category: Classical

Disc Count: 1

Transfer Format: Compact Disc

Video Format: Classical Music

Primary Audio: 4811963

Language: 0028948119639

Subtitles: Universal Music



Modest Mussorgsky 1839–1881 Pictures At An Exhibition - Promenade

I. Gnomus (gnome)


Ii. Il Vecchio Castello (the Old Castle)

Ii. Il Vecchio Castello (the Old Castle)

Iii. Tuileries: Dispute D’enfants Après Jeux (children Quarrelling After Play)

Iv. Bydlo (oxen)


V. Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells

. Vi. Samuel Goldenberg Und Schmuyle

. Promenade

Vii. Limoges: Le Marché (the Market Place)

Viii. Catacombae: Sepulchrum Romanum (catacombs: Roman Tombs)

Con Mortuis In Lingua Mortua (with The Dead In A Dead Language)

Ix. The Hut On Hen’s Legs (baba-Yaga)

X. Bogatyr Gate (the Great Gate Of Kiev)

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893 - Album For The Young, Op. 39