The ever brilliant and resourceful maestro Leonard Slatkin introduced a rare find to me: pianist Emile Naoumoff’s transcription for piano and orchestra of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Naoumoff provides a wonderful case for this work which sounds fine for solo piano, or solo orchestra–however, he felt, as do I, that the piece screams for collaboration for the piano and the orchestra. Maestro Slatkin suggested I explore this piece, and I am glad I did. I have the cd of Naoumoff performing the work and Boosey and Hawkes houses the score and parts. The Naoumoff cadenzas are quite fine, and give ample opportunity for the pianist to expand some of the motivic material. The dialogue between piano and orchestra is well done. It allows both parties to have their share of the piece comfortably. Personally, I would like very much to include this in my repertoire, and will do my best to share this with conductor friends.

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