Pictures at an Exhibition: Mussorsky & Rachmaninov arr. for piano quartet (LP) | Berlin Classics 0301119BC

Pictures at an Exhibition: Mussorsky & Rachmaninov arr. for piano quartet (LP)

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Label: Berlin Classics

Cat No: 0301119BC

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 21st September 2018

Contents

Works

Mussorgsky, Modest

Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Dirk Mommertz)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Etudes-Tableaux (8), op.33
» no.6 in E flat minor (arr. Dirk Mommertz)
Etudes-Tableaux (9), op.39
» no.2 in A minor (arr. Dirk Mommertz)
» no.6 in A minor (arr. Dirk Mommertz)
» no.7 in C minor (arr. Dirk Mommertz)
» no.9 in D major (arr. Dirk Mommertz)

Artists

Faure Quartett

Works

Mussorgsky, Modest

Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Dirk Mommertz)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Etudes-Tableaux (8), op.33
» no.6 in E flat minor (arr. Dirk Mommertz)
Etudes-Tableaux (9), op.39
» no.2 in A minor (arr. Dirk Mommertz)
» no.6 in A minor (arr. Dirk Mommertz)
» no.7 in C minor (arr. Dirk Mommertz)
» no.9 in D major (arr. Dirk Mommertz)

Artists

Faure Quartett

About

1 x 12” vinyl + 1 x 10” vinyl

The internationally renowned Fauré Quartett is releasing the world’s first-ever recording of Pictures at an Exhibition and Études-Tableaux in their versions for piano quartet on the Berlin Classics label.

It’s the Roaring Twenties. That musical jack-of-all-trades, Sergei Koussevitsky, Director of Music with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for twenty-five years, commissions the orchestration of two world-famous works: Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky and the Études-Tableaux by Sergei Rachmanino. And who does Koussevitsky choose for this task? Why, none other than the two great composers Maurice Ravel and Ottorino Respighi. Their orchestrations lay the foundations for numerous other arrangements of those works. More than 80 years later, Dirk Mommertz, a member of and pianist with the Fauré Quartett, has arranged both of these works anew – this time for piano quartet.

“A chamber-music ensemble, with piano and strings, is ideally suited to present the entire tonal spectrum,” explains Dirk Mommertz. Violinist Erika Geldsetzer, violist Sascha Frömbling, cellist Konstantin Heidrich and Mommertz at the piano have been an entity for over 25 years now and are justifiably acknowledged as one of the most influential piano quartets in the world. They are renowned for branching out into new territory; they are not afraid of leaving the well-trodden path, so it comes as no surprise that the Fauré Quartett have recorded for the first time, and are about to release, their own arrangements of Pictures at an Exhibition and the Études-Tableaux on one album.

The mesh of relationships which binds Mussorgsky’s composition of 1874 and Rachmaninov’s of 1911-1918 with Koussevitsky’s commissions to Ravel and Respighi, now ends 150 years later with the Fauré Quartett in the 21st century. The versions for piano quartet bring to the works an unexpected palette of colours. They are flexible, yet dense; more tangible than when played by a whole orchestra, yet none the less thrilling – works possessing unique soul and intense colouring, with as-yet-unheard facets and turns; works that exhibit great spans of upheaval and fading tranquillity.

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