Myrios Classics MYR-013
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (32:07)
Kirill Gerstein, piano
Exploring the theme of images and narrative in music, Kirill Gerstein’s new album begins with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a cycle composed in 1874 following the sudden death of the composer’s friend, the painter-architect Viktor Hartmann. The work is inspired by a posthumous exhibition of Hartmann’s paintings (most of which are now lost), with each movement depicting a particular piece in the gallery. This is followed by Schumann’s Carnaval, a musical representation of a masked ball. Using paintings or people as their starting points, both composers “deepened and rethought their subjects, aligning them with other aspects of their worldview,” says Gerstein.