“There is something very special about both of these somewhat underplayed pieces by Tchaikovsky. They both contain beautiful sections of charming chamber music which gives a soloist the opportunity to interact with the orchestra in a very unique way. I always play the original Tchaikovsky version of the concerto, which in my opinion is far better than the Siloti version. To record with Michael Stern and the NZSO was a truly enjoyable experience!”
Tchaikovsky has long maintained his position as among the most popular of all composers, his unequalled gift for melody and colourful orchestration given added depth through a rich Russian soulfulness. The Second Piano Concerto has always lived under the shadow of the famous First but, played here in the composer’s original version, is full of life-enhancing character and emotion. Both this and the Concert Fantasia also contain beautiful chamber-music sections allowing unique interaction between soloist and orchestra.
Listen to an extract from Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major:
II. Andante non troppo
About the Artists
Eldar Nebolsin enjoys a busy international career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, appearing with conductors, orchestras and colleagues of international distinction. During the 2009–2010 season he held the post of Artist in Residence for Musis Sacrum in Arnhem following his successful début with the Gelders Orkest and Nikolay Alexeev in 2008. Eldar Nebolsin is on the faculty of the International Institute of Chamber Music in Madrid and is Professor of Piano at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin.
Michael Stern is Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony and Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IRIS Orchestra, Tennessee. Since taking up his post with the Kansas City, Stern and the ensemble have been hailed for their original programming and audience development. The IRIS Orchestra under Stern is noted for the virtuosity of its playing and the variety of its programming, which places a special emphasis on American contemporary music.
One of the world’s oldest national symphony orchestras, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has charmed audiences with memorable concerts and recordings for nearly seventy years. In 2016, the NZSO was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance at the prestigious GRAMMY® Awards for a Naxos recording of works by Chinese composer Zhou Long, including the Symphony ‘Humen 1839’, conducted by Darrell Ang.
“... the Rachmaninov Second is outstanding, easily among the best I’ve encountered ... If you’re looking for a video of these two concertos, you won’t be disappointed with these performances …Strongly recommended.”
– Classical Net
“…the music [is] really enjoyable, and it would be difficult to imagine a more effective presentation of the virtuosic solo parts than that offered by Eldar Nebolsin. He clearly has fun with the quick outer movements, and especially the finales, with their touches of rustic humor. The central slow movements, in contrast, are poetic and often exquisite.”
Listen to an extract from Piano Concerto No. 1:
III Allegro non troppo
“JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic play this music really well, and they are lucky to have a piano soloist in Eldar Nebolsin more than up to the formidable task that Dohnányi sets for him.”
Listen to an extract from Variations on a Nursery Song:
“Nebolsin ... is a virtuoso of power and poetry. While allowing the music to breathe, he plays in long paragraphs without, as it were, having to come up for air. Recorded sound ... is exemplary ... the disc is a real bargain.”
Listen to an extract from Piano Concerto No. 2: Allegro animato
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