Fabio Luisi conducts two intensely romantic Russian works: Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with master pianist Yefim Bronfman, artist in residence with the Concertgebouworkest.
At last, we can experience Yefim Bronfman’s take on Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.
Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff: two champions of romanticism who shamelessly bared their melancholy Russian souls in their music. Both had an enormous talent for composing catchy, compelling melodies.
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 gave rise to speculation. The composer had suggested that the work was a foreboding of his own death, and he died shortly after the premiere. According to Tchaikovsky’s brother, the symphony expressed nothing more or less than the various stages of a human life. But how poignant they sound here, especially with that deeply tragic final movement.
It makes perfect sense that Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 would become famous the world over. The opening theme is one of those heartfelt melodies you never forget, and the piano part is graceful and astonishing in equal measure. The soloist performing this compelling piano concerto is the star turn of the programme. Yefim Bronfman has been a popular guest with the Concertgebouworkest for twenty years, but has never before performed Rachmaninoff here! Now at last we have the chance to hear how this connoisseur of the Russian repertoire approaches this marvellous work.