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World premiere of an ensemble arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”

This is an arrangement of which we have been waiting for a long time: an ensemble version of Modest Mussorgsky's programmatic piano work “Pictures at an Exhibition”. The ingenious ensemble version by British conductor Joolz Gale sets completely different accents than, for instance, orchestrations by Sergey Gorchakov or Maurice Ravel.

Joolz Gale is a specialist in historical performance practice, classical and romantic music as well as 20th century repertoire. He initially studied violin at the University of Oxford before continuing his studies as a singer at the Royal College of Music in London. Following his 2007 graduation, he became an intern with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and during that period began to develop his conducting skills.

In 2010 Gale founded Ensemble Mini, comprised of soloists from German orchestras, to realise his vision of reaching new audiences via new concert formats and alternative venues. His projects often include his own arrangements for ensemble, such as Dmitri Shostakovich’s 9th and 10th symphonies and Prokofiev’s 5th symphony.

The world premiere of his arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” for ensemble performed by the “Ensemble Mini” is to take place on 2 October 2021 in Dortmund under his baton. 

World premiere Modest Mussorgsky / Joolz Gale
“Pictures at an Exhibition” for ensemble
Ensemble Mini
Conductor: Joolz Gale

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