Due to fact that I never found this great piece on youtube, I made a little clip for you to enjoy it. I don’t know for sure what orchestra is playing this, and I forgot the name of the conductor (I borowed the CD in a library and gave it back a long time ago). What I know is, that it was a bigger Soviet Orchestra, either the Moscov or the USSR Symphony Orchestra. It was recorded somewhere around 1987.
EDIT: It appears I was wrong all along and this recording indeed is by the London Symphony Orchestra. I apologise for the mix-up.
Some people say, “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky is the most russian music ever made, but i disagree.
Just listen to this wonderful piece of music and you’ll understand, why I do think so.
“In June 1876, following incidents in which Turkish soldiers killed a large number of Christian Slavs who rebelled against Ottoman Empire and supported by countries like Austria and Russia, Serbia declared war on Turkey. Many Russians sympathized with those they considered to be their fellow Slavs and sent volunteer soldiers and aid to assist the Kingdom of Serbia. In the ensuing struggle the Serbian army was quickly defeated by the Turks.
Nikolai Rubinstein, a close friend of Tchaikovsky, asked him to compose a piece for a concert benefiting the wounded Russian volunteers. In a burst of patriotism, Tchaikovsky composed and orchestrated what was first known as the “Serbo-Russian March” (later to be known as “Marche slave”) in only five days. The piece was premiered in Moscow on November 17, 1876 to a warm reception.” (wikipedia.org; Marche Slave)