I used mostly my ears

a blog about music by Marc Haegeman


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Knockout Pathétique from Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic in Vienna

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 “Pathétique”

Renaud Capuçon, violin
Semyon Bychkov, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal, 19 November 2019

When Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto received its world premiere in Vienna in 1881 the critic Eduard Hanslick compared it to “music that stinks to the ear”. Well, we’ve moved on since; Hanslick became an amusing footnote, the concerto is still played worldwide. On the second day of their Viennese stint Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic were joined by French violinist Renaud Capuçon. For good contrast, the Violin Concerto was paired with one of Tchaikovsky’s most dramatic works, his Sixth Symphony, the “Pathétique”.

Read the full review on Bachtrack.


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Superb Tchaikovsky from Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic in Vienna

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 (1879 version)
Sergei Rachmaninov: Melodie in E major for piano, Op. 3 no. 3
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony in B Minor, Op. 58

Kirill Gerstein, piano
Semyon Bychkov, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal, 18 November 2019

Tchaikovsky in 1874

Tchaikovsky in 1874

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under their Principal Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov took up residence at Vienna’s Musikverein, performing selections from their “Tchaikovsky Project”. Bychkov is the latest of musicians who take their Tchaikovsky really serious. Meticulously prepared and informed with archival research as well as passion, he invites us to listen with new ears. If you think you know your Tchaikovsky well, you may want to reconsider after hearing Bychkov and the Czechs.

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Alice Sara Ott at the Dvořák Prague Festival

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1 in B Flat minor, Op. 23
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony #9 in E minor “From the New World”, Op. 95

Alice Sara Ott, piano
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/James Gaffigan
Prague, Rudolfinum, 9 September 2011

The Dvořák Prague Festival is an annual event in the Czech Republic primarily dedicated to the music of that country’s most popular composer. In late summer the Festival hosts a splendid lineup of international guests at the Rudolfinum, the posh late-19th century neo-renaissance building which boasts with its Dvořák Hall one of Europe’s finest concert venues and has been home to the reputed Czech Philharmonic Orchestra since 1946. Legendary Czech maestro’s like Václav Talich, Karel Ančerl, Rafael Kubelik and Václav Neumann all took the podium here and it was Antonín Dvořák himself who conducted in the Rudolfinum the Czech Philharmonic in its maiden concert in 1896 – performing among others his 9th Symphony.
Read the full review on Classical Net