Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
The Great Gate of Kiev
This week’s Pipedreams program takes on the challenge of evoking vivid visual images - and with our ears we’ll view a procession in an ancient cathedral, a thunderstorm in the countryside, colorful landscapes in southern France, and an art show at a gallery. Along with works by Mulet, Ermand Bonnal, Eugene Reuchsel, and Lefebure-Wely, we’ll enjoy a complete performance of Mussorgsky’s famous keyboard impressions of paintings by his friend Victor Hartmann - visions of children playing near the Tuileries, the Market at Limoges, the Catacombs, the Ballet of the chicks in their shells and the Great Gate of Kiev. Nine soloists paint the town with organic colors. For more on Pictures at an Exhibition, read Paintings in Sound, by Michael Barone.
EUGENE REUCHSEL: 3 Pieces, from Promenades en Provence; Voiles multicolores au port de Toulon; Tambourinaires sur la place des Vieux Salins; Nuages ensoleillés sur le Cap Negre –Thomas Daniel Schlee (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Joseph, Marseille, France) Sonpact CD-98022
MODEST MUSSORGSKY (transcribed): Pictures at an Exhibition –we present the complete suite of what were originally piano pieces, drawing upon ten different complete recordings of the piece on ten different instruments:
Promenade II & Ancient Castle –Oskar Gottlieb Blarr (1966 Rieger/Neanderkirche, Düsseldorf, Germany) Koch-Schwann CD-11050
Bydlo/Ox Cart –Günther Kaunzinger (1980 Rieger/Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg, Germany) Novalis CD 150 152
Baba Yaga/The Hut on Fowl’s Legs –Ronald McKean (1993 Rosales/First Presbyterian, Oakland, CA) RM Discs CD-981