The second CD of TOEAC'TOEAC pictures...' has been released!!
With compositions by Modest Mussorgsky and Chiel Meijering
‘The two faces of Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky and Meijering’
For their second CD TOEAC has combined two compositions inspired by visual art: the well-known Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky and a new piece by the Dutch composer Chiel Meijering, Rhythm of Straight Lines.
“We feel at home in Pictures at an Exhibition”, they say. “We have been playing movements from it for over six years. In all its apparent simplicity it is incredibly beautiful music.. Because of the visceral Russian elements in the music it is ideally suited to our instruments.”Originally written for piano a considerable number of arrangements have been made of it for a variety of ensembles. TOEAC made their own arrangement for two bayans (concert accordions), drawing on both the piano version and Ravel’s orchestration. TOEAC wanted to complement this quintessentially Russian composition with an appropriate Dutch counterpart, asking Chiel Meijering to write a piece for them. ” As the subject for his piece Meijering chose the groundbreaking painter of Dutch origin Piet Mondriaan, calling it after one of his paintings Rhythm of Straight Lines.