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In the summer of 1873 the comparatively young architect and artist Victor Hartmann, one of Mussorgsky's closest friends, died. Half a year later a memorial exhibition of Hartmann's work was held in St. Petersburg. Among the visitors was to be found Mussorgsky, full of admiration for and struck by the loss of his dead friend, already somewhat stricken by alcohol and with the catalogue in his hand. Mussorgsky starts by presenting himself - a heavy person walking past the pictures with measured, swaying steps. This Promene returns later between some of the pictures and portrays te different moods in which he finds himself. Mussorgsky's music expresses a deeply nostalgic melancholy over the inevitable march of time and the troubadour ends his song with a painful sigh.
Many of Mussorgsky's compositions are for voice and he often sought inspiration in the human voice, particularly in the inherent melodiousness of Russian speech. Besides a long succession of solo songs Mussorgsky wrote two further cycles: Without Sun and Songs and Dances of Death which was composed in the years 1875-77.
Catalogue number BISCD016
Barcode 7318590000168
Release date 12/01/1999
Category Classical
Label BIS Records
Format CD
Number of discs 1
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