MussorgskyNight on a Bare Mountain (original) Mussorgsky (orch. Zimmermann) In the Village; On the Southern Shore of the Crimea ZimmermannStille und Umkehr (orchestral sketches) Alexander RaskatovA White Night's Dream (Homage to Mussorgsky) for orchestra (world première)* Mussorgsky (orch. Raskatov) Songs and Dances of Death (UK première)
Vladimir Jurowski conductor Sergei Leiferkus baritone
Modest Mussorgsky created some of the most novel music of the nineteenth century. No painstaking craftsman, Mussorgsky wrote in fitful episodes of white-hot inspiration, exemplified by the hair-raising audio-cinematography of his Night on a Bare Mountain. Here his works are placed alongside twentieth and twenty-first century creations that will reveal just how forward-looking Mussorgsky’s music was. To end there’s the chillingly vivid realm of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death – a series of narrative songs shot through with deception and darkness, the composer’s myriad textures and creeping lines portraying a humanity confronted with the pitiful inevitability of life’s end.
Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski introduces the programme.
Julian Anderson, the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Composer in Residence, introduces Zimmerman's Stille und Umkehr
*Alexander Raskatov's A White Night's Dream (Homage to Mussorgsky) for orchestra is commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ferrara Musica and Ars Musica Brussels.
FREE pre-concert event | 6.00pm–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall A performance by Foyle Future Firsts orchestral apprentices conducted by Nicholas Collon Blai SolerA Walpurgis Night (LPO commission, world premiere) Mussorgsky (arr. Julian Yu) Pictures at an Exhibition
FREE Barlines Post-concert event | Level 2 Central Bar at Royal Festival Hall Artists involved in the evening’s performance discuss the music of Mussorgsky, Raskatov and Zimmermann.
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