Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto No.1 (2003)


Russian National Orchestra

Kent Nagano

Only a few works from Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s huge oeuvre have gained general acceptance; however, these are of such an enduring nature that the Russian is ranked among the great com- posers in the history of music. The way the world of music highlights especially his last three symphonies, his Piano Concerto No. 1, his opera Eugen Onegin and his Rococo Variations is nothing less than extraordinary.
Tchaikovsky’s life alternated between tragedy and happiness. He was born on May 7, 1840 in Kamsko-Votkinsk, and received his first piano lessons from his mother at the tender age of five. Even as a child, he was prone to psychosomatic attacks and depressions, which he attempted to combat by composing brilliant pieces on the piano. His parents established the family home in St. Petersburg in 1852, after moving house a number of times. During the following 10 years, Tchaikovsky read law, found employ- ment as a civil servant, travelled throughout Europe as an interpreter and, on the whole, led a carefree and joyous life. He was only sporadically interested in music: his sole artistic activities consisted of evenings spent at the opera or at concerts, and irregular piano lessons. 

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Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and is today recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras.  Maintaining an active international tour schedule, the RNO appears throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, and is a frequent visitor to major festivals such as Edinburgh, Shanghai and the BBC Proms.  The orchestra presents its own RNO Grand Festival each September to open the Moscow season, and is founding orchestra of Festival del Sole, held every July in California’s Napa Valley.

RNO concerts are regularly aired on National Public Radio in the United States, the European Broadcasting Union, and Russia's Kultura channel.  The orchestra's critically acclaimed discography, launched with a 1991 CD cited as the best recording of Tchaikovsky’s Pathéthiquein history, now numbers more than 80 recordings, with conductors that include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko and Carlo Ponti. 

Kent Nagano

Kent Nagano became the first Music Director of Los Angeles Opera in 2003 having already held the position of Principal Conductor for two years.  His work in other opera houses has included Shostakovich’s The Nose (Staatsoper Berlin), Rimsky Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Châtelet, Paris), Hindemith’sCardillac (Opéra national de Paris)Dialogues des Carmélites (Metropolitan Opera) and at the Salzburg Festival Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Zemlinsky’s Der Koenig Kandaules, Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten and the world premiere of Saariaho’s L’amour de loin.  Other world premieres include Bernstein’s A White House Cantata and operas by Peter Eötvös (Three Sisters), and John Adams (The Death of Klinghoffer and El Niño).

Born in California, Nagano maintains close connections with his home state and was Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 1978-2008.  His early professional years were spent in Boston, working in the opera house and as assistant conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  He played a key role in the world premiere of Messiaen’s opera Saint François d’Assise at the request of the composer, who became a mentor and bequeathed his piano to the conductor.  Nagano’s success in America led to European appointments: Music Director of Opéra National de Lyon (1988-1998) and Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra (1991-2000).

Christian Tetzlaff

For over 20 years Christian Tetzlaff has enjoyed a fulfilled concert life with 100 concerts per year.
He started the new season 2014/2015 with concerts at Festivals in USA and Canada and an extensive tour with his Quartet through Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Korea and Japan.

As Artist in Residence with the Berlin Philharmonic he will have the opportunity to play in two different chamber music projects, one play&conduct program, a recital for violin solo and as soloist with the orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle (Brahms Violin Concerto). There will also be mini-residence appearances in Paris with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Daniel Harding) and in Sydney with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (David Robertson).

Besides tours with the Swedish Radio Symphony and Daniel Harding in Sweden, Austria and Germany, with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Paavo Järvi) in Canada, Korea and Japan and with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (Tugan Sokhiev) in Slovenia and Germany, Christian Tetzlaff will also be guest soloist with Munich Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Nederlands Philharmonic, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony and Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi

Nikolai Lugansky

Nikolai Lugansky was born in Moscow on the 26th of April, 1972, to research scientists. When he was five years old, signs of his innate musicality appeared, to the astonishment of his parents.

"I was simply pre-destined to be a pianist." says Nikolai. He recalls an incident from the days before he had even been taught how to read music: he went to a neighbour's dacha, sat down at the piano, and played a Beethoven sonata from memory, having learned the music by ear.  Soon afterwards he began taking piano lessons from that neighbour, a composer and pianist named Sergei Ipatov. Decades earlier, Ipatov had been a pupil of the legendary virtuoso Konstantin Igumnov.
During the summer of 1993, Nikolai sustained foot and back injuries in an accident. It was not until several months later that he was able to resume practicing and performing with confidence. In November of that same year, Tatiana Nikolaeva died while performing a recital in San Francisco. In her last interview before her death, Nikolaeva declared that Nikolai Lugansky was to be "The Next One" in a line of great Russian pianists.
It was during this difficult period of adjustment that Nikolai had to decide whether or not he would enter the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition which was to be held in the summer of 1994. He concluded that preparing for this colossal event would help him to return to his peak performing condition. Nikolai continued his studies withSergei Dorensky, the distinguished pianist who, for some time, had been Tatiana Nikolaeva's assistant.
One Russian newspaper gave the following description of Nikolai's performance in the final round of the Tchaikovsky Competition:
"It was like getting sunstroke, a musical shock. Nobody could imagine that the soul of this unpretentious, modest young man, with his ascetic, but also poetic appearance, held such avolcano inside with inspired and resolute control."
Nikolai won the 1994 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. But that was only the beginning.
The Pianist of Today
Nikolai Lugansky is now acknowledged as one of the world's great interpreters of the piano repertoire. He regularly works with prominent conductors of major orchestras. His concerts, recitals, and chamber music performances throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas have earned him the rapturous applause of critics as well as audiences. 
His numerous recordings offer further evidence of his artistry. In 2000, he won the Diapason d'Or de l'Annee for his recording of the complete Chopin Etudes. His subsequent recordings of Rachmaninov Preludes and Moments Musicaux and Chopin Preludes each won him aDiapason d'Or as well. His disc of Rachmaninov Piano Concertos 1 & 3 has been awarded Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. His recording of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 for Pentatone Classics was selected asGramophone Editor's Choice (February 2004).
In addition to performing, Nikolai teaches at the Moscow Conservatory, where he is currently an assistant toProfessor Sergei Dorensky.
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Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto No.1 (2003)


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Producer: Wilhelm Hellweg
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Recording location: Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
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