Modest Mussorgsky could not foresee the phenomenal success of his «Pictures at an Exhibition» when he died in 1886. During his lifetime, the piano cycle was neither taken note of nor performed. Only after Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of the piece for the Russian-American conductor Serge Koussevitzky began the phenomenal success story of the piece, which has become one of the most-performed and most popular pieces in classical music worldwide. Reason enough for the Tonkunstler under the direction of Russian conductor Dmitri Kitayenko to dedicate a whole concert programme to the creator of this «bestseller». They combine the «Pictures at an Exhibition» with the song cycle «Songs and Dances of Death» in the orchestral version by Edison Denisov and the prelude to the opera «Khovanshchina». Incidentally, at the time of Mussorgsky’s death, the opera had neither been completed nor first performed.