Piano Concerto No.1 in B-Flat Minor, Op.23 – LP

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Piano Concerto No.1 in B-Flat Minor, Op.23 – LP

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Felicja Blumental performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor (Op.23) with the Orchestra of the Vienna Musikgesellschaft, conducted by Michael Gielen. Originally recorded in 1957, the Concerto has been reissued on 180g vinyl and retains a vivid, transparent and spacious sound due to its remastering, whilst still preserving the authenticity of the original recording.

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Felicja Blumental performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor (Op.23) with the Orchestra of the Vienna Musikgesellschaft, conducted by Michael Gielen. Originally recorded in 1957, the Concerto has been reissued on 180g vinyl and retains a vivid, transparent and spacious sound due to its remastering, whilst still preserving the authenticity of the original recording.

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Felicja Blumental – piano
Michael Gielen – conductor
Orchestra of the Vienna Musikgesellschaft

  • Allegro non troppo – Allegro con spirito (17’53)
  • Andantino simplice – Prestissimo – Tempo Primo (6’25)
  • Allegro con fuoco (6’25)

 

The first of these Russian piano concertos by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky is one of the World’s most famous classical masterpieces and instantly recognisable from it’s introduction.

Tchaikovsky was first inspired to compose by his teacher, Anton Rubinstein, while he was studying at St. Petersburg Conservatory. His first composition, dated 1864 is an overtured title The Storm. Ten years later in 1874, Tchaikovsky began composing his Piano Concerto No. 1. On completion, he gave the manuscript to pianist, Nicolas Rubinstein (brother of Anton) to whom the work was dedicated. Nicolas’ reaction was unfavourable. He is reported to have described it as “banal, clumsy and incompetently written.” Rubinstein requested a revision of the work under his direction which greatly annoyed Tchaikovsky so he substituted the name for Hans von Bülow, a notable Germany pianist who priased its style and form. Hans von Büulow performed he première in 1875 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The Russian première in St. Petersburg was the following week under the direction of Czech conductor, Eduard Naprovnik.

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)

Tchaikovsky had a rather more turbulent career than most. The death of his mother at the age of 14 and attending a military boarding school had a negative impact on the young Tchaikovsky. He found comfort in music and decided to leave his post at the Ministry of Justice and dedicate his life to the art form – a decision that is said to have been inspired by attending a performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. (Mozart was a composer Tchaikovsky admired throughout his life).

Tchaikovsky entered the St Petersburg Conservatory to study under Anton Rubinstein where he first began composing. His early compositions were not received well by the Russian musical establishment, but success came with his First Symphony which was performed in 1868. The subsequent ten years were fruitful in which he composed symphonies, strings quartets, operas and his first Piano Concerto.

Sadly, Tchaikovsky spent much of his adult life tormented by his homosexuality. In 1877, he married a student to conceal his secret, but it ended in disaster leading to further depression and insecurities. However, Tchaikovsky overcame his a creative dry spell and found success with his ballets, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker as well as operas The Queen of Spades, Eugene Onegin, Violin Concertos and several symphonies. (203) (185 without 1st para and list of ballets)