Imaginary Pictures

June 10th, 2014

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Schumann: Carnaval

MYR013, 1 CD, 63:08, & © 2014 myrios classics

Both Schumann and Mussorgsky were wildly imaginative composers who found ways of expression that went beyond the conventional. On this recording, pianist Kirill Gerstein offers an unusual yet logical pairing of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibtion and Schumann’s Carnaval—piano pieces in which the layer of the visual and the illustrative gives way to subtler and more personal meanings.

In the Press

“The remarkable pianist Kirill Gerstein brings technical assurance, characteristic subtlety and a gift for instilling unease to two canonical collections of miniatures” — Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

“Substantive qualities resonate through the dexterity of Mr. Gerstein. His interpretation is the key to this successful Myrios Classics recording. Thought-provoking processes are energized to question how Mussorgsky and Schumann must have felt deep down when trying to convey their innermost feelings to the public by way of imagery.” — Christie Grimstad, ConcertoNet.com

“Gerstein has definitely put his personal stamp on them with unique interpretations that will probably provide the listener with new perspectives on music assumed to be familiar.” — Stephen Smoliar, examiner.com

“Kirill Gerstein takes us on a familiar voyage of Romantic piano suites, but his approach maintains the grand style.” — Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition

Tracklisting

Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881)
Pictures at an Exhibition

  1. Promenade [1’39]
  2. Gnomus [2’20]
  3. [Promenade] [0’52]
  4. Il vecchio castello [3’59]
  5. [Promenade] [0’30]
  6. Tuileries (Dispute d’enfants après jeux) [1’03]
  7. Bydło [2’37]
  8. [Promenade] [0’48]
  9. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks [1’18]
  10. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuÿle [1’57]
  11. Promenade [1’37]
  12. Limoges. Le marché (La grande nouvelle) [1’20]
  13. Catacombæ (Sepulcrum Romanum) [1’45]
  14. Con mortuis in lingua mortua [2’06]
  15. The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba Yaga) [3’23]
  16. The Bogatyr Gate (at Kiev, the Ancient Capital) [4’53]

 
Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Carnaval, Op. 9

  1. Préambule [2’27]
  2. Pierrot [1’55]
  3. Arlequin [1’16]
  4. Valse noble [2’01]
  5. Eusebius [1’41]
  6. Florestan [1’07]
  7. Coquette [1’36]
  8. Réplique [0’56]
  9. Sphinxes [0’26]
  10. Papillons [0’46]
  11. A.S.C.H.-S.C.H.A. (Lettres dansantes) [0’58]
  12. Chiarina [1’25]
  13. Chopin [1’02]
  14. Estrella [0’28]
  15. Reconnaissance [1’46]
  16. Pantalone et Colombine [1’01]
  17. Valse allemande [0’50]
  18. Paganini [1’15]
  19. Aveu [0’58]
  20. Promenade [2’31]
  21. Pause [0’18]
  22. Marche des “Davidsbündler” contre les Philistins [3’44]