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BBC SO/Bychkov

Pictures at an Exhibition

Photo of Semyon Bychkov conducting

In a concert marking 100 years of the BBC, conductor Semyon Bychkov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra look back to the year of the Corporation’s founding – and forward to the music of the coming century.

In 1922, the BBC made its first broadcast and as we celebrate a century of  informing, educating and entertaining, we look back on what the world was listening to 100 years ago and to the present and future as the BBC SO, founded in 1930, continues to shape the sounds of the present and the future.  
It was in 1922 that Maurice Ravel turned to Modest Mussorgsky’s monumental piano work Pictures at an Exhibition, reimagining the piece in orchestral clothing and bolstering its shattering climax in the process. Semyon Bychkov presides over this performance of the resulting masterpiece, after the UK premiere of a work by Bryce Dessner (who is also a member or rock band The National), commissioned by Bychkov himself. The anticipated UK premiere of Thomas Larcher’s Piano Concerto, delayed due to the pandemic, completes the concert. 

The performance ends at approximately 9.30pm, with a 20-minute interval.

Produced by the BBC Symphony Orchestra


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