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Simon Rattle

March 3, 2008

Mussorgsky's pictures at an exhibition

New Year's Eve is a big deal in Berlin. An estimated million people converge upon the center of the city every year for a celebration. And you can feel that sense of excitement in a New Year's Eve performance of Modest Mussorgsky's masterpiece by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Even if you've heard this piece many times before, we think that you'll find this a particularly thrilling interpretation.

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    First movement from Serenade in D, K. 239
    The Berlin Philharmonic with conductor Herbert von Karajan
  • Traditional (Iberian)
    "Saltarello Alfonso X el Sabio" from "Cantigas de Santa Maria"
    Hesperion XXI
    Musica Mundi Festival, Brussels, Belgium
  • Sargis Barkhudaryan
    "Naz-bar" ("Coy Dance")
    Pianist Sahan Arzruni
    Merkin Concert Hall, New York City
  • Modest Mussorgsky
    "Pictures at an Exhibition"
    The Berlin Philharmonic with conductor Sir Simon Rattle
    Philharmonie, Berlin
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Rondo in D, KV 485
    Pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout
    Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia

hour 2

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Piano Concerto No. 17 in G, K. 453
    Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes with the Cleveland Orchestra and conductor Franz Welser-Most
    Severance Hall, Cleveland
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Prelude in C, Op. 12, No. 7
    Harpist Coline-Marie Orliac
    USA International Harp Competition, Bloomington, Indiana
  • John Playford
    "Chestnut - Light of Love"
    Lee Santana, cittern
    Dresden Music Festival, Dresden, Germany
  • Franz Schubert
    Allegretto in C, D. 346 from "Fragments"
    Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes
  • Tomaso Antonio Vitali
    Chaconne in G Minor
    Angele Dubeau and La Pieta
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
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