Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures From An Exhibition’
Glinka Valse fantaisie (c.7mins)
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 (c.40 mins)
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel)
Pictures from an Exhibition (c.35 mins)
Boris Brovtsyn violin
Vassily Sinaisky conductor
Glinka and Mussorgsky made Russian music glitter with the colours of a Fabergé egg; a century later in the Soviet Union, Dmitri Shostakovich is said to have lamented a life turned grey. But there are few more gripping documents of that life than his First Violin Concerto; a brooding political thriller of a piece, with a core of raw emotion - the award-winning Moscow-born violinist Boris Brovtsyn grew up immersed in its world. Opening with a rare performance of Glinka’s ballroom romance, Vassily Sinaisky brings the concert to a triumphant close with Mussorgsky’s fantastic musical picture gallery.