Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23
Merseyside Symphony Orchestra
This unique and exclusive Deluxe download includes the following free bonus items:
– The free complete full 1963 version album of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23 by the Wiener Symphoniker, conducted by Herbert von Karajan, Piano by Sviatoslav Richter. Recorded: 1963 Polydor International GmbH, Humburg.
– The complete full music score First edition published by Moscow: P. Jurgenson, n.d.(after 1890). Plate 2590.
– The full size 2339 x 1655 cover artwork, without titles.
– 63 page booklet with notes about Wiener Symphoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Sviatoslav Richter, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23.
Although Tchaikovsky was already an accomplished composer (having already produced his first two symphonies, a string quartet, and two notable tone poems, all of these successful and enduring works), he still sought the approval of mentors such as Balakirev and Nicolas Rubinstein.
On Christmas Eve 1874 he played the concerto for Rubinstein (its intended soloist) in an empty classroom. Rubinstein responded with a torrent of castigation, made famous by Tchaikovsky’s own recollection. Tchaikovsky slunk off in despair. Later Rubinstein called him back and detailed a list of changes that must be made by a certain date if Rubinstein were to perform it.
Tchaikovsky wrote that he responded, “I shall not change a single note, and I shall publish the concerto as it is now.” He continued in his reminiscence, “And this, indeed, I did.” Well, not entirely.
Although there are no really substantial changes, he did subject the concerto to some minor revision before it was printed, as happens with most compositions.
The premiere fell to Hans von Bülow, who played it first in Boston, October 15, 1875.
Cat No: NM 1031
released April 21, 2018