Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra – George Li, piano
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George Li, piano
Conducted by Yuri Simonov
Regarding George Li’s performance of Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1, a New York Times music critic marvelled that he had »seldom heard the many blazing octave passages in the outer movements played faster or more cleanly«.
Now 23 years old, Li has been celebrated by media and audiences alike ever since he won second prize at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, among others with his light-footed performance of this piano heavyweight.
This is exactly the powerful lustre that the composer must have had in mind, wrote another reviewer. Surprisingly, the 1875 premiere of Tchaikovsky’s work took place in the same city where Li, the son of Chinese immigrants, first saw the light of day and began his blistering career, which is accentuated with prestigious awards: in Boston, USA. The composer had failed at first to win his native Russia, and especially his friend and mentor Nikolai Rubinstein, over with what would turn out to be his work of the century. So what is undoubtedly today’s most popular piano concerto started its triumphal march around the world not from the composer’s home country but from the USA.
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- Composer: Pyotr I. TchaikovskyOpuses: Concerto for piano and orchestra No 1 in B-flat minor, Op 23, Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74 »Pathétique«