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Mussorgsky, M.: Pictures at an Exhibition and Other Works

François Dumont, Piano


2018 ‐ 66:57
Original Audio at 88.2 kHz * 24 bits

 

Track list

Pictures at an Exhibition
On the Southern Shore of the Crimea
Near the Southern Shore of the Crimea
Selected Piano Pieces
Gopak of the Merry Lads from the Sorochintsy Fair
Porte-enseigne (Polka)


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When the Russian designer and architect Viktor Hartmann died unexpectedly of an aneurysm in 1873, Mussorgsky fell into a state of profound depression. The two artists had grown close. A memorial exhibition was quickly planned, and over four hundred of Hartmann’s works were displayed. Some of the paintings and sketches exhibited were the source of inspiration for Mussorgsky as he set out to compose “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a suite of brief movements penned in June 1874 – three months after the exposition took place. Seemingly depicting the viewer wandering through the gallery, moving from one painting to the next, the piece has become one of the giants of the piano repertoire, and has been orchestrated by a number of composers, including the splendid version by Maurice Ravel.
“Pictures at an Exhibition” is one of François Dumont’s warhorses.
In the present album, alongside the celebrated suite, the French pianist offers a selection of rarely heard piano works by Mussorgsky. They hail from two very different periods – his early years, and the very last year of the composer’s life. They offer a glimpse into Mussorgsky’s pianistic skills, and are heavily influenced by Russian folklore and traditions.
François Dumont’s career was launched by his success in major international piano competitions, including one of the top prizes in the 2010 Chopin Competition in Warsaw. He has performed in some of the major concert halls around the world.
The recording was captured by three pairs of microphones at Flagey, Brussels, and mixed in Italy.

Reviews

This is an outstanding, exceptionally atmospheric account of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. ‐Alain Steffen 5/6 (28/03/2019) 

 

OnClassical - AE18080
Mussorgsky, M.: Pictures at an Exhibition and Other Works
François Dumont, Piano

Production No.: 217 / 2018
Catalog: AE18080
EAN / UPC: 0/634065037703
No. album(s): 1

Recorded at Studio I, Flagey, Belgium, 2017

An OnClassical production, © 2017

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