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The Elgar piece is a very personal portrait of his friend and the Mussorgsky pieces are personal impressions of artwork, and the two repertories reflect each other very, very well.
Opera North's November week at the Theatre Royal brought a trio of compelling new productions in Rigoletto, Peter Grimes and a solo tour de force from soprano Joan Rodgers in Poulenc's Humaine, while the BBC Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic drew full houses at The Sage with popular works by Dvorck, Janccek, Ravel, Strauss, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.
As I said, RCA's sound is ultra-smooth and recorded live, the Mussorgsky in 1999 and the Debussy in 1982.
An economical set design by Vyacheslav Okunev contributes to the success of this ballet, as do the excellently arranged excerpts from the works of Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, and Wagner.
Mussorgsky was telling a story in his music - witches gathering for a satanic dance on the mountainside, anticipating the approach of the Black God, winding themselves into a frantic state, then being silenced by the church bells as dawn breaks.
Petersburg premiere by the ballet of the Mussorgsky Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.
Tomorrow (June 25), the orchestra will be at Huddersfield Town Hall to play a programme of music by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.
Music by Russian greats Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky forms the mainstay of the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra concert at Warwick Arts Centre - but there's a French offering as well.
It's a stance many a Russian composer would have welcomed, even the pre-Soviet-era Mussorgsky whose unfinished opera Khovanshchina portrayed the political turmoil preceding the accession of Peter the Great.
The Mussorgsky was followed by an equally famous work, Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
TONIGHT St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Alexander Dmitriev, cello Guy Johnston - Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, 8pm.