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For this 1946 suite (which has its parallels with Respighi’s Three Botticelli Pictures, also recorded by Geoffrey Simon and the Philharmonia Orchestra SIGCD2161), Walter Goehr selected two piano pieces inspired by a visit Musorgsky made to the Crimea region of Southern Russia in 1879. Originally, he intended to compose three 'impressions' of his journey there, but in the event the third piece was never written down. The two 'reminiscences' of Crimean localities were eventually published as En Crimée Gourzouf—Notes de Voyage (also known as Impressions of a voyage in the Crimea) and En Crimée Baidary—Capriccio (otherwise Near the Southern Shore of the Crimea). To separate these, Goehr chose a reflective piece dating from 1865 entitled Rêverie (or Douma), as a contrasting middle movement.
from notes by Edward Johnson © 2020
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