Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Thursday 5 Oct 2017, 7:30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor

Denis Kozhukhin piano

Kabalevsky Overture, Colas Breugnon

Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)

Witty, brilliant and with irresistible twists and turns, pianist Denis Kozhukhin performs Rachmaninov’s show-stopping Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Alongside, brilliant young Finnish conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali –  “The real thing” (Sunday Times) – conducts Pictures at an Exhibition.

Mussorgsky’s masterpiece, orchestrated by Ravel, curates a surreal musical walk-round a gallery, journeying past paintings of gnomes with crooked legs; a medieval castle; a ballet of unhatched chicks, still in their shells; the witch Baba Yaga, in the form of a hut on bird’s legs; and finally, the pealing bells of the Great Gate of Kiev.