A change of program may reveal surprises. The a brazilian pianist Nelson Freire with said package, he was replaced at short notice by Andrei Korobeinikov, heir to the great Russian school of piano and a regular at the festival of Montpellier. The opposite of the game sometimes consensual Nelson Freire, Andrei Korobeinikov is a tradition to propose its bias is sometimes very assertive, not to say surprising. So he began his program by Mazurkas , Walks and Polish of Chopin interpreted with a lot of freedom. And then, after intermission, and three Rachmaninov preludes, he attacked the famous pictures at an exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky.

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Although we know the version orchestrated by Ravel in 1922, the original version of 1874 has in fact given rise to different orchestrations of a dozen composers, such as Mikhail Touchmalov or Vladimir Ashkenazy, and, more recently, to that of Jacques Cohen and Andrejs Puskarevs for strings and percussion that has been given to Montpellier last week. So here is the work original and extraordinary that Mussorgsky had written after having seen the exhibition of his friend Viktor Hartmann, who died a few months earlier. Andrei Korobeinikov gives an interpretation sumptuous.

Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier, until 26 July.