Pictures Re-arranged

Composer and producer Gabriel Prokofiev looks at arrangements of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

The original piano suite has been arranged hundreds of times, not just for classical orchestra but for a wide range of instruments and ensembles including accordion, double bass, brass, harpischord, heavy metal band, prog-rock band, organ, percussion and synthesiser.

Gabriel comes from a family that has a close association with the piece: his grandfather, the composer Sergei Prokofiev, regularly played the original version in his piano recitals.

Gabriel looks at the enduring appeal of Pictures at an Exhibition for the composer/arranger, and considers some of the many and varied arrangements that have been made.

Playlist:

All original pieces composed by Modest Mussorgsky for piano.

Excerpts as follows:

Promenade (original version)

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

The Sofia Recital

Philips 454 167-2 Tr 1

Catacombs (original version)

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Philips 420 156-2 Tr 13

Catacombs arr.

Ravel: Berlin Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

DG 469 626-2 Tr 12

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Decca 414 386-2 Tr 1

Promenade arr.

Stokowski

BBC Philharmonic

Matthias Bamert (conductor)

Chandos CHAN 9445 Tr 9

Ravel

Berlin Philharmonic

DG 469 626-2 Tr 1

Ashkenazy

Philharmonia Orchestra

Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

Decca 414 386-2 Tr 7

Ralf Hubert and Uwe Baltrusch

Mekong Delta

Zardoz Music 200212 Tr 1

Isao Tomita

The Best of Tomita

RCA PD89381 Tr 7

Emerson Lake and Palmer

Victory 828 466-2 Tr 3

The Great Gate of Kiev arr.

Douglas Gamley

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

BBC recording

The Gnome arr.

Victory 828 466-2 Tr 2

Gnomus arr.

James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll

James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll (accordions)

EMI classics 7243 5 69705 2 6 Tr 7

Bydlo arr.

Elgar Howarth

The Wallace Collection

John Wallace (conductor)

Collins Classics 12272 Tr 8

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks original version

Sergei Prokofiev - piano (piano roll)

Laserlight 14 203 Tr 11

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks arr.

Lucien Cailliet

Kazuhito Yamashita

Kazuhito Yamashita (guitar)

RCA RCD14203 Tr 12

Zardoz Music 200212 Tr 9

Arthur Wills

Arthur Wills (organ)

Helios CDH88017 Tr 9

Ballet of Unhatched Chicks arr.

Collins Classics 12272 Tr 10

RCA PD89381 Tr 9

The Old Castle arr.

DG 469 626-2 Tr 4.

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Composer and producer Gabriel Prokofiev looks at arrangements of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

The original piano suite has been arranged hundreds of times, not just for classical orchestra but for a wide range of instruments and ensembles including accordion, double bass, brass, harpischord, heavy metal band, prog-rock band, organ, percussion and synthesiser.

Gabriel comes from a family that has a close association with the piece: his grandfather, the composer Sergei Prokofiev, regularly played the original version in his piano recitals.

Gabriel looks at the enduring appeal of Pictures at an Exhibition for the composer/arranger, and considers some of the many and varied arrangements that have been made.

Playlist:

All original pieces composed by Modest Mussorgsky for piano.

Excerpts as follows:

Promenade (original version)

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

The Sofia Recital

Philips 454 167-2 Tr 1

Catacombs (original version)

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Philips 420 156-2 Tr 13

Catacombs arr.

Ravel: Berlin Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

DG 469 626-2 Tr 12

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Decca 414 386-2 Tr 1

Promenade arr.

Stokowski

BBC Philharmonic

Matthias Bamert (conductor)

Chandos CHAN 9445 Tr 9

Ravel

Berlin Philharmonic

DG 469 626-2 Tr 1

Ashkenazy

Philharmonia Orchestra

Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

Decca 414 386-2 Tr 7

Ralf Hubert and Uwe Baltrusch

Mekong Delta

Zardoz Music 200212 Tr 1

Isao Tomita

The Best of Tomita

RCA PD89381 Tr 7

Emerson Lake and Palmer

Victory 828 466-2 Tr 3

The Great Gate of Kiev arr.

Douglas Gamley

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

BBC recording

The Gnome arr.

Victory 828 466-2 Tr 2

Gnomus arr.

James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll

James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll (accordions)

EMI classics 7243 5 69705 2 6 Tr 7

Bydlo arr.

Elgar Howarth

The Wallace Collection

John Wallace (conductor)

Collins Classics 12272 Tr 8

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks original version

Sergei Prokofiev - piano (piano roll)

Laserlight 14 203 Tr 11

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks arr.

Lucien Cailliet

Kazuhito Yamashita

Kazuhito Yamashita (guitar)

RCA RCD14203 Tr 12

Zardoz Music 200212 Tr 9

Arthur Wills

Arthur Wills (organ)

Helios CDH88017 Tr 9

Ballet of Unhatched Chicks arr.

Collins Classics 12272 Tr 10

RCA PD89381 Tr 9

The Old Castle arr.

DG 469 626-2 Tr 4.