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Modest Mussorgsky

April 26, 2010

Old Wine in a New Bottle

By one count, at least 80 different composers have made arrangements and orchestrations of Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," a work for solo piano. That number is now up to 81, thanks to a new orchestration by Clarice Assad. We'll hear this terrific new arrangement for small orchestra, piano, and percussion, in a performance by the New Century Chamber Orchestra in Berkeley, California.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Modest Mussorgsky
    In the Village
    Vovka Ashkenazy, piano
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
    The Swiss-Italian Orchestra, Tomas Netopil, conductor
    Congress Palace, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Contrapunctus X, from Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
    The Axiom Brass Quintet
    The Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Columbia, Missouri
  • Modest Mussorgsky (Orchestrated by Clarice Assad)
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    The New Century Chamber Orchestra, Roxanne Michaelian, piano, Galen Lemmon, percussion
    First Congregational Church, Berkeley, California
  • Anonymous
    No Soy Quin Veys Bivir
    La Caravaggia Ensemble, Lluis Coll, director
    Sant Francesc Cloister, Berga, Spain
  • Mateu Fletxa
    Bella, de Vos Som Amoros
    La Caravaggia Ensemble, Lluis Coll, director
    Sant Francesc Cloister, Berga, Spain

hour 2

  • Richard Wagner
    Entry and Arrival of the Guests, from Tannhauser
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 19
    Julia Fischer, violin, the North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Sanderling, conductor
    Grand Studio, Hanover, Germany
  • Jacques Ibert
    Interlude
    Robert Langevin, flute, Liang Wang, oboe, John Novacek, piano
    Kosciuszko Foundation, New York City
  • Claude Debussy
    Fetes, from Three Nocturnes for Orchestra
    The National Orchestral Institute Orchestra, James Ross, conductor
    National Orchestral Institute, College Park, Maryland
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    First movement from Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 (Classical)
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Fritz Kreisler
    Miniature Viennese March
    The Atos Trio
    Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas
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