MODEST MUSSORGSKY [1839-1881]: KHOVANSHCHINA / BORIS GODOUNOV / PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Σαν σήμερα, 21 Μαρτιου 1839, γεννήθηκε ο Modest Mussorgsky, ο “επαναστάτης” της Ομάδας των 5 [βλ. post RIMSKY KORSAKOV]. Θεωρείται o ανανεωτής της Ρωσικής μουσικής, με πρωτοποριακές εκλάμψεις που συχνά κοιτούν κατευθείαν μέσα στον 20ο αιώνα. Γνωστότερα έργα του είναι οι ‘Εικόνες από μια Έκθεση’ [για πιάνο, περισσότερο γνωστό απ’ την ενορχήστρωση του Ραβέλ] και ‘Η Νύχτα στο Φαλακρό Βουνό’ [ενοχρχηστρωμένο/αναθεωρημένο απο τον Κόρσακοφ]. Ακούμε την εισαγωγή από την όπερα Khovanshchina [Mariinsky Theratre Orchestra, Valerie Gergiev], ένα απόσπασμα από την όπερά του Boris Godounov: Scene Du Couronnement [National Symphony Orchestra, M. Rostropovitch] και τέλος, το The Old Castle, από το Pictures At An Exhibition στην πιανιστική βερσιόν [Alfred Brendel].

On this date, March 21, 1839, Modest Mussorgsky was born, the “revolutionist” of the Group of Five [see post RIMSKY KORSAKOV]. He is considered a reformer of Russian music with innovative flares that often look directly into the 20th century. His best-known works are Pictures At An Exhibition’ [written for piano, best known in its orchestral version, arranged by Ravel] and The Night on the Bald Mountain [arranged by Korsakov]. We hear the introduction  from the opera Khovanshchina [Mariinsky Theratre Orchestra, Valerie Gergiev], an excerpt from the opera Boris Godounov: Scene Du Couronnement [National Symphony Orchestra, M. Rostropovitch] and finally, The Old Castle from Pictures At An Exhibition [Alfred Brendel, piano] 

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  1. Resa March 23, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Quite heavy duty, especially the vocals by Boris Godounov. That is one serious voice, almost dark. I’d like to hear more of his voice.

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    1. Oannes March 24, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you very much Resa! The opera Boris Godounov is fairly regarded as the peak of Mussorgsky’s artistry. The voice on this section belongs to the tenor Kenneth Riegel.

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