Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Pictures at a Different Exhibition
Instead of using the typical Ravel orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition, Leonard Slatkin decided to combine fifteen orchestrators. Particularly noteworthy is Emile Naoumoff's orchestration of Il vecchio castello, which left its eerie atmosphere around me long after the piece was over. A part of Stokowski's arrangement is included, and the conclusion, The Great Gate of Kiev, is orchestrated by film composer Gamley. I'll leave you guess as to what he throws in. (Hint: he doesn't throw in the kitchen sink.) You can listen to this online until tomorrow here. Scroll down for more goodies. The program notes are here.
UPDATE: I wasn't able to post this in time because of Blogger problems, but the other proms concerts are still worth checking out, especially the Dvorak violin concerto with Chang and Mackerras.


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