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Work: Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor, Op.23

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ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)
PeriodRomantic
Year1875
Work typeOrchestral
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GenevaTchaikovsky, Brahms

Tchaikovsky, Brahms
Tchaikovsky, Brahms
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Christoph Koncz; Khatia Buniatishvili

ParisBeatrice Rana & Orchestre de Paris

Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz
Orchestre de Paris; Paavo Järvi; Beatrice Rana

ValenciaJosé Iturbi 125

José Iturbi 125
Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky
Orquesta de Valencia; Roberto Forés Veses; Josu De Solaun

MálagaTodo Tchaikovsky

Todo Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky
Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga; José María Moreno; Nikolai Demidenko

ParisDaniel Barenboim & Martha Argerich play Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky
Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris; Daniel Barenboim; Martha Argerich
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Game of two halves: Buniatishvili, Noseda and the LSO

Khatia Buniatishvili © Julia Wesely
Buniatishvili 4 – Tchaikovsky 2 at the interval, but Dmitri Dmitrievich comes off the bench after half time to level for the Russians in Leningrad.
****1
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Superb Tchaikovsky from Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic in Vienna

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic at the Musikverein © Dieter Nagl
The distinctive sound of the orchestra that seems to encapsulate centuries of Central-European tradition – glowing violins, characterful winds and some of the most pregnant brass you can hear – bloomed in the marvellous acoustics of the Musikverein.
*****
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Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

Valery Gergiev, Behzod Abduraimov and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra © Chris Lee
Abduraimov's Tchaikovsky was less a display of power and agility and more about lyricism and subtlety, without ever sliding into sentimentality.
*****
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Romantic Tchaikovsky and a chilling Shostakovich 10

Elena Fischer-Dieskau © Bill Kean

Amicus Orchestra shine magnificently in the romantic Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1 with Elena Fischer-Dieskau and a chilling Shostakovich Tenth Symphony conducted by Catherine Larsen-Maguire.

****1
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In Rimsky's Kitezh, Gergiev eventually weaves some Russian magic

Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra © Luke Toddfrey
In Gergiev's late, late show, Mao Fujita impresses in Tchaikovsky, but episodes from Berlioz' Roméo et Juliette are given a Shakespearean speed read. 
***11
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