The painter Victor Hartmann was a close friend of Modest Mussorgsky and when he died, Mussorgsky was devastated. A couple of weeks after his passing, Hartmann’s friends and supporters organized an exhibition of his paintings at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.
And about a year later, Mussorgsky channeled his pain into a new piano work, making his memories of his close friend immortal.
The Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut is one of the most powerful symphonic pages in the repertoire. Conducting-wise the trickiest aspect is the art of rubato.
Beethoven’s Egmont Overture remains one of his most popular works. Taking after the Dutch hero depicted in Goethe’s play, Beethoven gives us another musical portray of his political views
The witty trickster boy depicted in music by the intricate orchestration of one of Richard Strauss’s most popular tone poems.
5 pieces for children turned into one of the most elegant orchestral suites: Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite (Ma mère l’Oye). In this episode, after a bit of introduction, I’ll dive into the first 2 movements: the Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty and Little Tom Thumb.
A wonder of sonata form mixed with a fugato in a formal perfection of orchestral writing: this is Mozart’s Overture to the Magic Flute
From the circles of hell, we’ll ascend to the purgatory in the epic Liszt’s Dante Symphony.
A mesmerizing descend into hell: Dante’s Divine Comedy turned into a symphonic poem by the imagination of Franz Liszt
The luscious, energic and grandiose overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser.
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