Episode #101

The Mariinsky Orchestra Plays Russian Masterworks

AUDIO: Valery Gergiev Discusses the Program and Shaking Up the Tchaikovsky Competition:

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Daniil Trifonov Daniil Trifonov

The Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg, led by music director Valery Gergiev, presents three works highlighting Russia's grand musical legacy, including Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. The soloist for the piece is Daniil Trifonov, a 20-year-old Russian pianist who is the most recent winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Also on the program are Three Selections from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and  Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1. Jeff Spurgeon and Fred Child co-host the broadcast, which begins at 8 pm.

You can listen via the player at the top of this page and chat below with our hosts starting at 7:30 pm. For questions about our new audio player, please consult our audio help page.

Program Details

Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
Daniil Trifonov, Piano (Grand Prize Winner, XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition)

SERGEI PROKOFIEV - Three Selections from Romeo and Juliet
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH - Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10

Join us for our live chat starting at 7:30ET before the start of the Mariinsky Orchestra's concert:


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The Mariinsky Orchestra and conductor Valery Gergiev perform at Carnegie Hall.
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Daniil Trifonov receives a standing ovation after performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1.
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Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
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Daniil Trifanov performs with the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
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Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
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Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
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Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
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Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

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Comments [5]

Ruben from Brooklyn

I am brief, and I am civil. But yesterday, both Jeff Spurgeon and his cohost (is it Fred Child?) have not been either brief or civil.
I cannot understand why have they intruded during Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 broadcast: haven't they talked enough before and after Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet excerpts, as well as before and after Tchaikovsky's piano concerto?
I just cannot get over this gross interference with what we want to listen to: music.
Maybe they both prefer to listen to themselves...

Oct. 12 2011 10:12 AM
DanielofCG from Home

Thanks for staying through to the end, WQXR; I knew you could do it! What a wonderful symphony!

Oct. 11 2011 10:12 PM
Mark Smith from Washington, D.C.

We saw Trifonov and Miirinsky in DC on Saturday, 10/8. We have all seen or listened to Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 MANY times. Trifonov found a way to bring vivid, new life to this warhorse. Can't wait to see it again on the webcast. Thank you WQXR!!

Oct. 10 2011 01:37 PM

@johnfeaver, This concert and most performances will begin at 8pm. Although nearly every other performance will be in the archives, this concert will be a live broadcast only (on-air and online), so be sure to tune in!

Oct. 07 2011 11:36 AM

This sounds great! What times does each episode start? Will full broadcast be available in the archives?

Sep. 13 2011 12:44 PM

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