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Electrifying Rach 3 from Giltburg in Rotterdam

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 “Pathétique”
Boris Giltburg, piano
Rotterdam Philharmonic, Stanislav Kochanovsky
Rotterdam, De Doelen, 10 February 2019

Boris Giltburg (© Sasha Gusov)

Boris Giltburg (© Sasha Gusov)

Can you ever get tired of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto or Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique? Not with the right performers, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra must have thought. And the Dutch always have a way to find the right people. They invited a couple of exciting young musicians and offered this high-pathos Russian double-bill on their home turf, De Doelen, no less than three times in four days. With great success too: an electrifying rendition of Rach 3 by Boris Giltburg reminded us how overwhelming this work can be, while Stanislav Kochanovsky highlighted Tchaikovsky’s supreme mastery of the orchestra in his final opus. There’s no way you can get tired of this music.

Read the full review on Bachtrack.