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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor / Denis Kozhukhin, piano; Berlin Radio SO, Vassily Sinaisky

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Recording, made with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky. Kozhukhin chose two concertos that against all odds, both turned out to become "virtuoso warhorses". Grieg is known as a composer with af ocus on the more intimate musical genres. His first attempt to compose in a more extensive musical genre, resulted in a symphony of which Grieg himself said it "should never be performed...". His other attempt however, the Piano Concerto in A minor, bought him world-wide success. Until Tchaikovsky started writing his first piano concerto, piano music had only been of secondary interest to him. As he himself put it: "Basically, I am inflicting violence upon myself by forcing my brain to come up with piano passages". After seeking professional advice on the composition with his friend and excellent pianist Nikolaj Rubinstein, the latter basically massacred the piece and refused to premiere it. Fortunately Tchaikovsky then decided to dedicate it to German pianist Hans von Bulow, who later on gave it its triumphant premiere. Nowadays these two concertos rank among the most magical in the piano repertoire.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
Out of repertory that has been celebrated, picked over and just about played to death over the course of almost a century and a half, they create magic... of course, this could only be achieved by deeply cultivated musical instincts and a technique as developed and varied as it is unobtrusive. His inerrant rhythmic sense is pliant yet taut; his sound unalloyed silver. Listening to Kozhukhin, you're left with one thing: the music - incontestable, complete.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Funkhaus Nalepastraáe Berlin, Germany (10/2015).



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Denis Kozhukhin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Ensemble: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
  • Running Time: 35 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
  • Performer: Denis Kozhukhin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Running Time: 29 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868