Master pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk shines with the Concertgebouworkest in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, his most famous. Sibelius’s First Symphony and a newly commissioned work by Unsuk Chin broaden the horizons of this concert.
The Ukrainian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk made his spectacular Amsterdam debut in 2009. Critics have praised not only his fabulous technique, but also his profoundness and sense of colour. He has since returned several times, and to great acclaim. Gavrylyuk has a strong bond with the Russian repertoire and is in his element with Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Incredibly, Tchaikovsky received harsh criticism because of the work, but time would eventually prove him right: the concerto would become a firm favourite the world over.
Jean Sibelius is one of the most original orchestral composers of all time. His symphonies are a bridge between Romanticism and the twentieth century. Partly because of their Finnish perspective, they are also imbued with a totally unique atmosphere you won’t find in the works of any other composer. The First is an early demonstration of Sibelius’s originality.
The music of the successful South Korean composer Unsuk Chin is a spellbinding mix of European and Asian elements. She has now been commissioned by the Concertgebouworkest for the first time to write a new work. In his exciting Perú Negro, Jimmy López mixes Western classical music, African sounds and elements from his country of birth, Peru.