Ravel Oiseaux tristes from ‘Miroirs’ Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Nicholas Angelich piano
Miroirs reveal the ambiances evoked as Ravel’s friends and acquaintances gaze into a mirror. Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales were first greeted by boos and cat calls from an audience who were unnerved by their striking dissonances. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition musically re-imagines some of the paintings at the exhibition of his late friend Victor Hartmann, including a shrieking gnome, an old castle and a bone-grinding witch.
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