Beyond Pictures - Master Series 4

Arvo Volmer - Conductor
Stephen Hough - Piano

Sibelius - The Swan of Tuonela
Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on Theme of Paganini
Arvo Pärt - Swansong
Mussorgsky orch. Vladimir Ashkenazy - Pictures at an Exhibition

Two swans wait to ferry us beyond life’s edge: Sibelius’ Swan of Tuonela glides slowly across the river to a mythological underworld, but Arvo Pärt’s Swansong looks upwards to “a holy rest, and peace at the last.”


Or make the crossing in a speedboat – Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody has Paganini’s whirling theme pursued throughout by a spectre of darkness. World-renowned pianist Stephen Hough guides his instrument nimbly through the dangerous waters, making time for Rachmaninov’s famous ‘big tune’ along the way.


Mussorgsky composed his tribute to Viktor Hartmann’s Pictures at an Exhibition in a frenzy of inspiration after his friend’s sudden death. Vladimir Ashkenazy has orchestrated the work in bold, dark colours reminiscent of a walk through a stunning art gallery.




Classical Conversations


Free for ticket holders, held one hour prior to the performance in the Adelaide Town Hall. Popular conductor, broadcaster and educator Graham Abbott is joined by ASO Principal Cor anglais Peter Duggan to discuss the works by Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Pärt and Mussorgsky in tonight's program.

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Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (Kurt Masur & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra)

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