Pictures at an Exhibition


Gianandrea Noseda & Yefim Bronfman

Sun 3 Jun 2018 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Barbican Hall, London

RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 3
MUSSORGSKY arr RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition

Gianandrea Noseda conductor
Yefim Bronfman piano
London Symphony Orchestra

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Part of the 2017/18 season

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

A great many composers are skilled in summoning up pictures in their listeners’ imaginations, but one work in particular surpasses them all.

Mussorgsky wrote Pictures at an Exhibition as a memorial to an artist friend, each of the movements evoking a work on display. Ravel's orchestration underlines the mood of each painting, from the woodwind chirpy chicks through to the reverberant brass in the catacombs, the percussive terror of the witch and the blazing brass and pealing carillons of the finale.

Ravel's set of four Spanish sketches easily brings to mind the hot sunshine of Spain. Although he had not yet visited the country when he wrote them, his mother was Basque and she regaled her son with memories of her homeland while he grew up near the border.

Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto is a stunning example of a composer at his most forward-looking, yet beautiful and elegant.

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