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Track Listing:

1
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade
 
2
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition ? I Gnomus
 
3
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade
 
4
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition ? II Vecchio Castello
 
5
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade
 
6
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Il Tuileries (Despute Denfants Apr?sjeux)
 
7
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - IV. Bydlo
 
8
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade
 
9
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - V. Ballet des Poussins dans Leurs Coques
 
10
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - VI. Samuel Goldenberg
 
11
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade
 
12
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - VII. Limoges - Le Marche
 
13
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - VIII. Catacombae (Sepulcrum Romanum)
 
14
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Cum Mortuis in Lingua Mortua
 
15
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - IX. La Gabane sur des Pattes de Poule (Baba-
 
16
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - X. Lagrande porte (De L'ancienne Capitale kiev)
 
17
Ravel: La Valse
 
18
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka - Russian Dance
 
19
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka - Petrushka's Room
 
20
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka - The Shrovetide Fair
 

Khatia Buniatishvili :

Kaleidoscope


Sony Classical releases pianist Khatia Buniatishvili's new album Kaleidoscope. Available March 18, the new recording includes Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," a genius musical translation inspired by a collection of art, and Ravel's "La Valse." Plus, three movements from Stravinsky's ballet "Petrushka," works that all exist in two versions for piano and orchestra, choreographed as a ballet. 

The consciously ambiguous title of the album comes from Khatia's idea that "the richness of color in this music reminds me of a kaleidoscope. It is one person's gaze at excerpts from reality at a very specific moment." With these words, she is hinting that a work like "Pictures at an Exhibition" is not mere material for virtuosity, but rather a "highly personal work." Mussorgsky's "Pictures" includes many dark moments – suffering, slavery, skepticism. Ravel's "La Valse" was originally planned as "homage to Johann Strauss" in 1906, but after the First World War struck Europe, the serenity of three-four time turned into a reeling whirl, a kind of dance of death. In "Petrushka," the story also ends in tragedy with the death of the hero.

As Khatia says of Kaleidoscope, "Behind the colors there sometimes lies a tragic background, a dark story."