Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts two works from Russia packed with folk tunes. Weinberg’s Third Symphony is preceded by Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Gabriela Montero as soloist.
Tchaikovsky masterfully builds the first movement out of French, Russian and Ukrainian folk tunes.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1
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Symphony No. 3
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About this concert
‘My friend, how can I speak of detail when the whole thing is antipathetic?’ Pyotr Il′yich Tchaikovsky took quite a beating after playing his Piano Concerto No. 1 for Nikolay Rubinstein. Later, the pianist would recognise the great qualities the work embodies; it is, after all, one of the most popular piano concertos in the repertoire. Tchaikovsky masterfully builds the first movement out of French, Russian and Ukrainian folk tunes. It’s the perfect showcase for the Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero!
Mieczysław Weinberg’s Symphony No. 3 is also built around folk melodies – Belarusian and Polish, in this case. Weinberg’s affinity with his good friend Dmitry Shostakovich can also be heard here, especially in the clever orchestration. Only now, years after his death in 1996, have we begun to recognise the value of Weinberg’s music – particularly in the West. Like such greats as Shostakovich and Gidon Kremer, the Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is one of the greatest champions of his music. She is also a great advocate of the uncompromising music of her compatriot Raminta Šerkšnytė.