. Interchanging Idioms: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is the basis for “Pictures Reframed”

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is the basis for “Pictures Reframed”

Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes has embarked on a major collaboration with South African-born artist Robin Rhode, creating a special program entitled “Pictures Reframed”. At the core of the project is Mussorgsky’s epic piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition, and it combines music, film and still imagery.

The world premiere of “Pictures Reframed” takes place at Lincoln Center on November 13 & 14, but National Public Radio provides a preview – including interviews with the artists – on Friday, August 21 during All Things Considered, broadcast between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm eastern time (the segment is currently slotted to run at the end of the first hour of the program – approximately 4:50pm New York time). Visit NPR's newly designed music web site at http://www.npr.org/music/ to see video footage of the development of the project; and for those who miss the radio broadcast, the ATC audio segment will be available online, at the same link, after 7pm eastern time.

EMI Classics, for which Leif Ove Andsnes records exclusively, will release the project on both DVD and CD in the fall, before the world premiere performances in November. The project tours the United States and Europe during November and December, with Andsnes performing Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition while images and videos by Rhode are projected onto screens surrounding the piano. The sponsor of “Pictures Reframed” is StatoilHydro, and New York’s Lincoln Center is the commissioning arts institution.

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