Inspired by an old Russian legend set on a gloomy St. John’s Eve and located on a hill near Kiev, Mussorgsky created an orchestral fantasy that also includes some ideas from Nikolai Gogol’s short story The Eve of Ivan Kupala and the play The Witch by Baron Mengden. This resulted in the creation of Night on Bald Mountain, one of the daring creations with which Mussorgsky attempted to establish his musical expression of Russian identity. This programme also contains two other excellent explorers of the Russian soul and culture in their compositions – Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky – although their starting points are quite different.
Nuno Coelho Conductor
Jonathan Roozeman Cello
Vasco Dantas Piano
Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra, op. 33
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43
Night on Bald Mountain