Simon Trpčeski Plays Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Guest conductor Bramwell Tovey leads the New York Philharmonic in an all-Tchaikovsky program with Simon Trpčeski performing the rarely heard Piano Concerto No. 2.

Program playlist:
Tchaikovsky: Festival Coronation March
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Selections from Act IV of Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Comments [3]

Meredith from NYC

why does the program say piano con 2, when they played number 1?

Anyway, this was one of the most exciting, beautifully played concerts I've ever heard in a long life of classical listening. The concerto, swan lake and 1812 were all super expressive and dramatic.
The 1812 ov was definitely the best I've ever heard--- each instrument was vibrant and exquisite---especially the different brass instruments. And the drums. Since the conductor explained the piece beforehand, I wonder if that did make it more dramatic than I usually hear it. Don't know. But I was enthralled.
It brought out the moving contrast between the subdued, reverent hymn to the Tsar at the start, and its triumphant repetition at the end, expressing that Russia has saved itself from the invading Napoleon.

Jul. 09 2015 10:48 PM

What a great program; for me the Swan Lake excerpts were especially well done, took me back to many ballet performances. Mr. Tovey did not seem to be aware of American audiences' familiarity with the 1812 as de rigeur for July 4th concerts. A stirring rendition. Many thanks.

Jul. 09 2015 10:31 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

This is an exciting program. Tchaikovsky himself conducted "Festival Coronation March" at the opening of Carnegie Hall. George Balanchine made the Piano Concerto No. 2 popular. The second (slow) movement "Andante non troppo" is practically a sinfonia concertante for violin and 'cello solos. I hope it's performed uncut. And there's plenty of opportunity for pianistic showmanship in the first and last movements, "Allegro brillante" and "Allegro con fuoco".

Jul. 09 2015 07:32 AM

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