When I started college some (ahem) 23 years ago, I wanted very badly to be a DJ at the campus radio station. Usually, you had to wait until you were at least a sophomore to get your own show. But, they needed someone to do the classical show - a few hours on Sunday mornings. I, being an eager freshman, said, "Oooh! Oooh! Pick me!" Since volunteers to get up early on Sundays weren't exactly lining up at the door, I was quickly trained, and soon began scouring the album library in the Music Department for appropriate selections. That's where I first came across Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. And, it's still my favorite. It's on YouTube in four parts, so this is what we'll be hearing for the next few weeks.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra at the BBC Proms in August 2006. Here is "Promenade" - "The Gnome" - "Promenade" - "The Old Castle"