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TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Concert Fantasia

Composer(s):Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Artist(s) Yablonsky, Dmitry, Conductor • Russian Philharmonic OrchestraScherbakov, Konstantin, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557824
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Although Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (Naxos 8.557257) has become the most popular of all Russian concertos, his Piano Concerto No. 2 is arguably the more cohesive. With a lyrical slow movement containing prominent solos for the violin and cello, effectively turning the work into a concerto for piano trio, and an explosive finale marked Allegro con fuoco, the concerto demands a pianist who can play with both unbridled virtuosity and intense poetry. The two-movement Concert Fantasy, with its distinctive thematic ideas and colourful orchestration, including glockenspiel and tambourine, has been unaccountably neglected. This disc completes Konstantin Scherbakov’s cycle of Tchaikovsky’s complete works for piano and orchestra.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 8.557257
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Concert Fantasia 8.557824


Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2007

p >Konstantin Scherbakov's freedom of expression and outgoing virtuosity brings a fresh and unpredictable view to Tchaikovsky's Second Piano Concerto, his approach being one of a free flowing rhapsody that emphasises tempo and dynamic changes. His dexterity creates the most mercurial passages, at times used to form moments of filigree lightness. Cadenzas become exciting technical showpieces in the style of Liszt, with phrases shaped in the most unexpected way. At times the music almost comes to a halt before exploding once again in the utmost brilliance, that sense of improvisation is, after all, the original intention of cadenzas. At times in tutti passages he seems to take Yablonsky by surprise, and the dash to the finale's finishing post must have more....


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