MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
“This powerful disc combines two of the most formidable examples of 19th-century piano music … Lewis brings out the first movement’s extraordinary improvisatory character and is equal to the second’s ferocious demands.”
David Cairns – The Sunday Times, 11th January 2015
Following a critically-acclaimed Schubert sonata series, Paul Lewis' now explores Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Schumann's Fantasie.
‘Music is never about things. Music just is’, Leonard Bernstein once said. Perhaps that was why Schumann decided to remove the evocative titles (‘Ruin, Triumphal Arch, Constellation’) from his Fantasie: the music has an independent existence without them. Is the same true of Pictures at an Exhibition? Mussorgsky created here something subtler and more ambivalent than Hartmann’s paintings might suggest. Alongside the dazzling virtuosity they call for, Paul Lewis’s unexpected coupling reveals the purely musical qualities of these two 19th-century masterpieces.
Ann Hobson Pilot
The name Astor Piazzolla is synonymous with the word tango. A musical ambassador who carried the signature sounds of Argentina’s cafes and nightclubs to concert halls around the world, his instantly recognizable compositions (attractively arranged here for harp, violin and bandoneón) are infused with elements of jazz, fusion and even classical baroque. Featured performers include former Boston Symphony principal harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, violinist Lucia Lin and Juan Pablo Jofre on bandoneón.
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