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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto no 1 / Nagano

> Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - I. Allegro moderato
> Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - II. Canzonetta: Andante
> Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
> Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
> Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
> Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - III. Allegro con fuoco

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
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Notes & Reviews:

"These are very fine performances, realistically recorded in multichannel sound. It's always good to hear Christian Tetzlaff, a violinist with a reputation for "coolness" that instead I would call "aristocratic". His recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto reminds me of artists such as Grumiaux or Accardo--musicians for whom taste and attention to detail never detract from excitement or spontaneity." -Classics Today (9/9)

Gramophone Magazine
With two fine young soloists on top form, both works spring vividly to life...

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
These are stimulating versions of two favourite concertos, which take a fresh interpretative approach. Nikolai Lugansky's conception is spacious, with pianist and conductor taking time to relish the music's puissance. The opening is broad and weighty. Then, although the first subject of the Allegro has a vividly Russian rhythmic character, in both the exposition and recapitulation much is made of the beauty of lyrical secondary material and the Romantic link with Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. The exquisitely delicate central Andantino is followed by a scintillating Scherzando. The finale bursts forth with irrepressible dash and virtuosity. When, near the close, the tempo broadens massively to make a hugely positive climax some forward impetus is lost, but Lugansky's bravura is thrilling.

Tchaikovsky's friendly opening for his Violin Concerto is shaped by Nagano in a mood of disarming simplicity, and the two main themes are invested with lyrical warmth. Tetzlaff bounces his bow with engaging lightness in the key passage (7'03") that Hanslick described as 'beating the violin black and blue', while the cadenza is played with such affectionate detail that it becomes a highlight of the work. Tetzlaff's playing throughout is polished and secure.

In both concertos the recording has the orchestra placed naturally within a warm concert hall acoustic.



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
  • Performer: Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 35 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874