Valery Gergiev conducts Ravel, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninov — With Yuja Wang

Fondation Louis Vuitton

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The earth-shaking Valery Gergiev / Yuja Wang duo is back on for an exceptional live concert from Paris's Fondation Louis Vuitton!

Under maestro Valery Gergiev's impeccable direction, the world-renowned Mariinsky Orchestra perform two beloved orchestral transcriptions by Ravel get things started: first, his own Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess), lilting and lyrical—though not, despite its title, written for any actual historical figure, unlike the work that follows: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. This supremely evocative suite, composed to honor the memory of Mussorgsky's friend, painter Viktor Hartmann, consists of ten pieces (with a recurrent Promenade) inspired by ten of Hartmann's paintings. One of the best-known examples of program music, it is likely even more widely heard today in Ravel's orchestration than in the original solo piano version.

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Directed by:
Christophe Bellemain
Venue: Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris, France)
Broadcast date: Monday, September 20, 2021, 6:00 PM
Production date: 2021
Production: © Fondation Louis Vuitton