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Pictures at an Exhibition
Modest Mussorgsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms

Stephen de Pledge

Pictures at an Exhibition

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Label: Champs Hill
UPC: 5060212590312
Catnr: CHRCD 030
Release date: 01 April 2012
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Label
Champs Hill
UPC
5060212590312
Catalogue number
CHRCD 030
Release date
01 April 2012
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New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians of his generation. Stephen's solo performances have taken him throughout the UK, as well as to Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, and the USA. With a far reaching repertoire, he has always been an advocate for contemporary music, and presents here works by Mussorgsky, Beethoven, and Brahms. 'Stunning spring–loaded virtuosity [from] Stephen De Pledge, a New Zealander whose laid-back, let-me-entertain-you manner might have suggested that he took none of this too seriously, except that his technique was as alert and crisp as it was fast and fluent.' Independent on Sunday 'Formidable...left me wanting to hear more.” Sunday Times

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the 'Three Bs' of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.   Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become...
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Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.
Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.
Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers. Within his meticulous structures is embedded, however, a highly romantic nature.

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Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, one of the group known as 'The Five'. He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music. Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other nationalist themes. Such works include the opera Boris Godunov, the orchestral tone poem Night on Bald Mountain and the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition. For many years Mussorgsky's works were mainly known in versions revised or completed by other composers. Many of his most important compositions have posthumously come into their own in their original forms, and some of the original scores...
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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music.
Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other nationalist themes. Such works include the opera Boris Godunov, the orchestral tone poem Night on Bald Mountain and the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition.
For many years Mussorgsky's works were mainly known in versions revised or completed by other composers. Many of his most important compositions have posthumously come into their own in their original forms, and some of the original scores are now also available.

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01.
Pictures At an Exhibition: : Promenade
01:19
(Modest Mussorgsky)
02.
Pictures At an Exhibition: : Gnomus
02:27
(Modest Mussorgsky)
03.
Pictures At an Exhibition:: Promenade I
00:46
(Modest Mussorgsky)
04.
Pictures At an Exhibition: : The Old Castle (Il vecchio castello)
04:14
(Modest Mussorgsky)
05.
Pictures At an Exhibition: : Promenade II
00:27
(Modest Mussorgsky)
06.
Pictures At an Exhibition: : The Tuileries Gardens
01:01
(Modest Mussorgsky)
07.
Pictures At an Exhibition: : Bydlo
03:10
(Modest Mussorgsky)
08.
Pictures At an Exhibition:: Promenade III
00:43
(Modest Mussorgsky)
09.
Pictures At an Exhibition: : Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells (Ballet des poussins dans leur coques)
01:17
(Modest Mussorgsky)
10.
Pictures At an Exhibition:: Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
02:05
(Modest Mussorgsky)
11.
Pictures At an Exhibition: : Promenade IV
01:18
(Modest Mussorgsky)
12.
Pictures At an Exhibition: : The Marketplace At Limoges (Le marché à Limoges)
01:32
(Modest Mussorgsky)
13.
Pictures At an Exhibition:: The Catacombs (Sepulchrum Romanum)
03:48
(Modest Mussorgsky)
14.
Pictures At an Exhibition:: The Hut's On Fowl's Legs(La cabane sur des pattets de pule) [Baba-Yaga]
03:29
(Modest Mussorgsky)
15.
Pictures At an Exhibition: : The Great Gate of Kiev (La grande porte de Kiev)
04:54
(Modest Mussorgsky)
16.
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique': : Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
10:57
(Ludwig van Beethoven)
17.
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique':: Adagio cantabile
04:44
(Ludwig van Beethoven)
18.
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique': : Rondo (Allegro)
04:45
(Ludwig van Beethoven)
19.
Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79: No. 1
09:13
(Johannes Brahms )
20.
Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79: No. 2
06:46
(Johannes Brahms )
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