Halesowen News

The latest volume in Goldstone’s excellent series is dominated by the manuscript version of Mussorgsky’s magnum opus for piano, “Pictures at an Exhibition”, along with unusual variants on several other familiar keyboard works. The composer was, like many of his well known Russian contemporaries, a virtually self-taught amateur, and this gave his work a strikingly novel quality which finds its fullest expression in “Pictures”, the evocative piano suite which depicts an imaginary tour around a posthumous exhibition of his close friend Viktor Hartmann’s work which Mussorgsky had visited in St. Petersburg in 1874.

—Kevin Bryan