Modest Mussorgsky

Biography

Born: Mar 21, 1839; Russia   Died: Mar 28, 1881; Russia   Period: Romantic
His musical education was erratic, he toiled as a civil servant and wrote music only part-time, influenced few if any of his contemporaries, died early from alcoholism, and left a small body of work. Yet Modest Mussorgsky was a towering figure in nineteenth century Russian music. His works exhibit a daring, raw individuality, a unique sound that well-meaning associates tried to conventionalize and smooth over. He is best known for Night on Bald Read more Mountain (bowdlerized by Rimsky-Korsakov), Pictures at an Exhibition (a difficult piano suite orchestrated by Ravel), and the dark, declamatory opera Boris Godunov (polished by Rimsky-Korsakov) -- bastardized works all, yet each one full of arresting harmonies, disturbing colors, and grim celebrations of Russian nationalism.

Mussorgsky died in poverty, but he was born to a wealthy landowning family. Under his mother's tutelage, he developed a facility at the piano, but entered a cadet school in preparation for a military career. He joined a choir and discovered Russian church music, which would profoundly influence his later work.

Upon graduation in 1856, Mussorgsky entered the Russian Imperial Guard. That year he started to socialize with the composers Dargomizhsky and Cui, and through them Balakirev, with whom he began composition lessons. During this period he wrote small piano pieces and songs, and after an emotional crisis in 1858 resigned his commission with the intention of composing full-time. He began to go his own way as a composer in 1861, but was preoccupied helping to manage his family's estate. The decline in his family's fortunes led him to accept low-level civil service positions. He joined a commune with other intellectuals and became a proponent of musical Realism, applying the style to his songs. He had difficulty finishing works in larger formats, but his music circulated widely enough that by the late 1860s he was cast with Balakirev, Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Borodin as part of Russia's "Mighty Handful."

Mussorgsky toiled many years at his masterpiece, Boris Godunov, which reflected in music the inflections of Russian speech and met with great success in 1874. That year he also produced his innovative piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition. Yet his heavy drinking led to his dismissal from government service in 1880. Friends offered some financial help and Mussorgsky occasionally accompanied singers at the piano, but his finances and mental state quickly deteriorated. He died in 1881, leaving it to posterity to sort through and complete his unfinished works of unruly genius. Read less

Stokowski's Mussorgsky / Matthias Bamert, Bbc Philharmonic
Release Date: 06/18/1996   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9445   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruckner, Brahms, Mussorgsky... / Gunter Wand
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 12043   Number of Discs: 5
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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition / Järvi, Chicago So
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8849   Number of Discs: 1
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Opera In English - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (Highlights) / Daniel, Et Al
Release Date: 05/19/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 3007   Number of Discs: 1
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Gunter Wand Edition Vol 20 - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto; Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
Release Date: 06/26/2012   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 9029   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Songs and dances of death

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    Mussorgsky: Songs / Sergei Leiferkus, Semyon Skigin
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94928 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Semion Skigin,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Sergey Yakovenko,  Semeon Skigin  ... 
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Songs And Dances Of Death; The Nursery / Breiner
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573016 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Songs And Dances Of Death; The Nursery / Breiner [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 36 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition / Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 30296 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble
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    Mussorgsky Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94670 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Alexander Warenberg,  G. Ustinov,  Raymond Bonte,  Eugené Bousquet  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Issay Dobrowen,  Atanas Margaritov,  Evgeny Brazhnik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  ORTF National Orchestra,  Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Paris Choir  ... 
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    Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert / Gergiev
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072618 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sergey Semishkur
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert / Semishkur, Gergiev, Vienna Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072614 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sergey Semishkur
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    Icon - Boris Christoff [11-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 829372 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander N. Serov  ... 
    Performer:  Boris Christoff,  Serge Zapolsky,  Alexandre Labinsky,  Gaston Marchésini  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens,  Féodor Potorjinsky,  Georges Tzipine,  Issay Dobrowen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Féodor Potorjinsky Choir,  French National Radio Orchestra  ... 
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    In This Moonlit Night - Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Taneyev / Hvorostovsky, Ilja
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1216 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Taneyev
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Ivari Ilja
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    Hommage  - Joseph Rouleau
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 298746 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Arrigo Boito,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Rouleau,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Peter Glossop  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Tullio Serafin,  Nello Santi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Russian Songs / Mikhail Svetlov, Pavlina Dokovska
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572218 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  César Cui,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Mily Balakirev  ... 
    Performer:  Pavlina Dokovska,  Mikhail Svetlov
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    Marko Rothmüller - Recordings 1945-1950
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10199 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Marko Rothmüller
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    Come Away, Death / Marianne Beate Kielland, Sergei Osadchuk
    Label: Two-l   Catalog: 64 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Wolfgang Plagge,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Marianne Beate Kielland,  Sergei Osadchuk,  Sergej Osadchuk
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures Of An Exhibition; Song & Dances Of Death
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1352 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Irina Arkhipova
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
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    Famous Voices Of The Past: George London, Vol. 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93463 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  George London,  Paul Ulanowsky
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt,  Jean Paul Morel
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    Mussorgsky: Complete Songs / Boris Christoff
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 63025 Release Date: 07/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Alexandre Labinsky,  Boris Christoff,  Gerald Moore
    Conductor:  Georges Tzipine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit: Jennie Tourel, Vol. 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89733 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jennie Tourel,  Leonard Bernstein,  Erich Itor Kahn,  George Reeves
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Eugene Ormandy
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    Schubert, Ibert, Mussorgsky / George London, Erik Werba
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 801091 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Duparc,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Jacques Ibert,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  George London,  Erik Werba,  Paul Ulanowsky
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    Bruce Martin: A Life In Song
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 1537463 Release Date: 07/07/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Loewe,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Bruce Martin,  Michael Brimer,  Ron Charles,  Alberto Remedios
    Conductor:  David Measham,  Vladimir Verbicky,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Edgar Cree
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    Songs By Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Etc / Ewa Podles, Garrick Ohlsson
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Karol Szymanowski  ... 
    Performer:  Ewa Podles,  Garrick Ohlsson
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  • 21.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Boris Christoff, Vol. 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89713 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Boris Christoff
    Conductor:  Georges Tzipine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Claudio Abbado & The Berlin Philharmonic Vol 3
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 732537 Release Date: 07/01/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Robert Schumann,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Midori,  Murray Perahia,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Iris Vermillion  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Lied Album - Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Kilpinen / Martti Talvela
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430070 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yrjö Kilpinen,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  Irwin Gage,  Ralf Gothóni
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  • 24.
    Prima Voce - Igor Gorin In Opera & Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7937 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Grechaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Gorin,  Max Rabinovitch
    Conductor:  Wilfrid Pelletier,  Bruno Reibold
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  • 25.
    Shostakovich: Symphonies 13 & 15; Mussorgsky: Songs / Solti, Alexashkin
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4428235 Release Date: 02/12/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin,  Sir Anthony Hopkins
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
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