Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto no.1; Prokofiev - Piano Concerto no.2 | BIS BIS2381

Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto no.1; Prokofiev - Piano Concerto no.2

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2381

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 2nd August 2019

Contents

Artists

Haochen Zhang (piano)
Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Dima Slobodeniouk

Works

Prokofiev, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.16

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Piano Concerto no.1 in B flat minor, op.23

Artists

Haochen Zhang (piano)
Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Dima Slobodeniouk

About

Winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn competition, Haochen Zhang is no stranger to a challenge. On this début concerto disc he proves this once more, boldly jumping in at the deep end as he takes on Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no.2. The demands posed by Prokofiev’s concerto are famous, starting with a huge cadenza already in the first movement. This may explain why the concerto was for a long time relatively unknown and, unlike the First and Third Piano Concertos, has only recently taken its rightful place in the repertory.

The work was premièred by the composer himself in 1913, shocking the audience with its modernistic sounds and jagged rhythms. But even though Prokofiev was happy to nurture a reputation for bad-boy modernism, there is also a rich seam of Russian tradition which underlies his music from the beginning to the end of his career. It is therefore fitting that Haochen Zhang has chosen to complete the disc with one of the best-loved concertos from that tradition: Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B flat minor. In both works, Zhang is supported by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its principal conductor, Dima Slobodeniouk.
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