A good way to prepare for this week’s performances by Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” in Ravel’s incomparable orchestration is to hear the piece in its original version, for solo piano. Here’s Alice Sara
Mussorgsky: ‘Night on Bald Mountain,’ original version
Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky was born on this date (Old Style) in 1839. Here’s the seldom-heard original version of his “Night on Bald Mountain.” The work is most familiar in a rather radical arrangement made by Rimsky-Korsakov. In many ways,
‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ (film)
Here’s a short preview of a film created by students from the USC School of Cinematic Arts that will accompany Pacific Symphony’s performances of “Pictures at an Exhibition” this month. Performances are March 15-18.
What’s a conductor do?
A young Carlo Maria Giulini conducts the “Limoges” section of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”