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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition

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.

Dvořák – Violin concerto

Dvořák – Violin concerto

The only violin concerto by the great bohemian composer Antonín Dvořák was written in 1879 and cut its place out in the repertoire, especially because of its melodic lines, its folk references, and its sparkly finale

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Puccini – Manon Lescaut Intermezzo

Puccini – Manon Lescaut Intermezzo

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 – Egmont Ouverture

Beethoven – Egmont Ouverture

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

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