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October 7, 2008
Modest Mussorgsky was grief-stricken by the death of his artist-friend Victor Hartmann. When Mussorgsky attended an exhibition of the late artist’s works, he was moved by what he saw and inspired to compose a memorial piece for Hartmann. The latest recording by conductor Paavo Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra entitled, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, shares the name of the work that resulted. This morning on Classical Air, we’ll sample “Prelude to Khovanshchina,” from Mussorgsky’s unfinished opera, orchestrated by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This afternoon, we’ll play “Pictures at an Exhibition,” orchestrated by Maurice Ravel.