One of the most amazing things about classical music is that its' hundreds of years of archives is so vast and so far flung that year by year there are endless revelations of lost masterpieces newly completed versions or recovered or reconstructed variants from living or historical figures. This is true of so eminent and well known a figure as Beethoven; the case of the symphonies and piano sonatas of varying number of Schubert and in the realm of opera the gigantic and chaotic figure of Modest Mussorgsky.There is no telling except in the most general sense exactly what the Met will be presenting this Saturday,except that the exquisite Olga Borodina will be singing (I assume the mysterious fortune teller Marfa) and that the music will be by one to five of the greatest musical composers and that one of them will be music generally unknown of Modest Mussorgsky.
As an aside one of the more interesting aspects of the drama is the composer as one of the central fictive characters, a scrivener, a secretary cum civil servant that relates the story. Mussorgsky having lost the family fortune with the liberation of the serfs he held just such a governmental post himself.
Tune in this Saturday at noon for a musical representation of a whole world in conflict, Mussorgsky's Khovanchina, here on KPAC and KTXI.
By Ron Moore