Russian composers: Part II

Hello again!

Today we are back to Mother Russia to visit another great composer: Modest Mussorgsky. He was another one of The Five (the other I presented was Rimsky-Korsakov, remember?). He is most known for the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition and the piece for orchestra Night on the Bald Mountain. Both belong to my favourite classical pieces, and I hope you’ll understand why right away.

The latter was never performed during Mussorgsky’s life, with the better known version being an edition by Korsakov (him again, yes). Similar situations happened with both pieces, with Ravel (the guy of the Bolèro) making an orchestral version of Pictures and Konstantin Chernov a piano version of the Bald Mountain. As all 4 versions are amazing, I decided to post here all of them, so yes, this will be another enormous post 😛

I’m usually not very fond of piano solo compositions, but both the original Pictures by the hand of Evgeny Kissin (no introduction necessary, I hope) and this version of Bald Mountain by the amazing Boris Berezovsky are extraordinary.

Just another note: the megalomanic Emerson, Lake & Palmer did a rock version of the whole Pictures at an Exhibition live. You can check it out here (it is pretty good, actually)

Oh, I almost forgot, here’s the customary playlist to anyone patient enough to listen to all this haha!

With a little help from our friends: The first!

Hello! This is the first of the new series of posts made by friends of ours. Today, my good friend Valter is posting! Enjoy 🙂

With a little help from our friendsHey folks!

Looks like I was to first one to be invited to write on this blog. At least, I was the first to accept it. The best way to honor such an invitation is to talk about great music.
The variety of music present in this blog is astonishing. Nevertheless, I’ve never seen Portuguese spoken music on it (correct me if I’m wrong), so I’ll dedicate this post to bring you one really interesting Portuguese band.

Their name is Sétima Legião, named after the Roman ‘Seventh Legion’ sent to Lusitania in the first century. They were founded in 1982 and was composed of a total of 8 people: Pedro Oliveira, Rodrigo Leão, Nuno Cruz, Gabriel Gomes, Paulo Marinho, Ricardo Camacho, Paulo Abelho, and Francisco Menezes.

They were a band of pop-rock music, “mixing post-punk influences from bands as Joy Division and Echo & The Bunnymen with more convencional rock music, synthpop and Portuguese folk. The band had a very distinctive sound that made them stand apart from other portuguese bands of its time.”

They were active until 2000, but with a different composition after 1996. Rodrigo Leão left the band to dedicate fully to another project called ‘Madredeus’. During these 18 years they sent out a total of 5 studio albums — “A Um Deus Desconhecido” (1984), “Mar D’Outubro” (1987), “De Um Tempo Ausente” (1989), “O Fogo” (1992) and “Sexto Sentido” (1999) — and 1 live album — “Auto de Fé” (1994).

This year, they decided to come back to stage once again for a tour. I went to see them yesterday and it was incredible. I felt as if I was being transported back to the 80’s. I cannot give you a live performance of last night, as I forgot my camera at home, but I leave you with some performances recorded in this tour along with their studio versions.

“Sete mares”: (Live | Studio)

“Por quem não esqueci”: (Live | Studio)

Well, I really hope you enjoyed the first of this series of posts, if you did, you can find the playlist with all the songs posted (and the ones to come on this category) here.

Btw, we have posted portuguese music here and here, if you’ve overlooked it 🙂