Mussorgksy: Pictures from an Exhibition, Osborne

As someone who is more familiar with the orchestrated version of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition it was very interesting listening to the original piano version. Very virtuosic in style, it’s a fascinating insight in the ideas of Ravel, who orchestrated it and Mussorgsky as to what his original intentions were. Following on from that are the Prokofiev Five Sarcasms and Visions Fugitives, which are virtuosic to say the least. Osborne delightfully trips his way around the keyboard in the Allegro movements and feels restrained in the slower movements but is never really slow so keeps a momentum throughout the entire album.

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Mussorgsky Pictures At An Exhibition Prokofiev Sarcasms Op 17 Visions Fugitives

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