Some wonderful news arrived today to share with all the music lovers and for those with a taste for the classical music jazzy re – arrangements in particular. If you remember the review of the Stark Liennemann Transcedence Chopin vol.II and III CD review I wrote and published some 18 months back on my review board ,as well as in #HifiCritics magazine pages, here is another wonderful project coming. The Picture at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky.
Those who found the write up interesting and even better, they traced the music, got it and enjoyed and still do should be extremely happy to hear about the upcoming one. Promo video above reveals an interesting details about the piece as well as explains the pianist’s approach . Few teasing movements we can hear there are already showing something spectacular and interesting and I will be looking forward to hear this music soon.
Here the history is making circle again with a 3/4 Dutch and 1/4 Greek Quartet, as Pictures, as they had been composed originally came to life as a piano suite. It was further reworked through various orchestrations and arrangements produced by other musicians and composers with Maurice Ravel‘s ,becoming this most accepted , most often performed and recognisable for majority of the listeners since beginning till today. With that new coming re-work pianist, composer and band leader Paul Stark adds another chapter to the long history which began in 1874 and it brings it back to the small cameral squad, just like it begun.
The premiere of the piece will take place in St.Petersburg, the city where composer used to live in and his remains are there till today. With his short life he left just a small output behind, but it made a huge impact on the international culture and contentiously, still keeps doing it, so it seems to be the best place to bring his music back to life. Those lucky enough to make it should look for the information online or via Quartet’s website. The Premiere is going to take place November the 4th at The D.D. Shostakovitch Academic Philharmonia in St. Petersburg, Russia. Those who can’t will have a chance to attend a post-premiere, or European Premiere perhaps on 17th of November at The Royal Concertgebown Hall, Amsterdam. For rest of us we need to hold on till material will be realised. I can certainly promise you that I will review that here with the greatest pleasure.