– Pictures at An Exhibition
The great master of the art of instrumentation, Maurice Ravel, is the main character of this concerto where his version of Mussorgsky’s famous piano piece is paired with the jazz inspired piano concerto in G-major. Mussorgsky’s masterpiece from 1874 is based on several paintings by his friend, Victor Hartmann, who had passed away prior to the piece being written, and is a great example of the power of inspiration.
Ravel did not believe in the inspiration the same way: “We’ve gone past the days when the composer was thought of as being struck by inspiration, feverishly scribbling down his thoughts on a scrap of paper. Writing music is seventy-five percent an intellectual activity.” Ravel spent two years writing the G-major concerto, and it was well spent, because the concerto has gotten enormous success, which holds true to this day.
Come to a unique musical experience where you, at the same time, get the chance to meet our future principal conductor, Pierre Bleuse, who will become the orchestra’s main source of inspiration starting next season. We are truly looking forward to a visit from him again and so should you.