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Tchaikovsky: A Live Orchestral Anthology

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Symphonies #1-6
Piano Concerto #1 in B Flat minor, Op. 23
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Daniil Trifonov, piano
Sergei Dogadin, violin
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg/Valery Gergiev
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Germany, October 28-30, 2011

Valery Gergiev is not afraid of challenges. The tireless Russian maestro is currently offering with his Mariinsky Orchestra a cycle of all six numbered symphonies from Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). After appearances in California and New York, last October the program was brought to the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, with the First Piano Concerto, the Violin Concerto and the Variations on a Rococo Theme added for good measure. This solid Tchaikovsky orchestral anthology was completed in merely three days. To add to the overall attraction the concertos were performed by laureates of the most recent installment of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, since this year taken under the powerful wings of maestro Gergiev himself and clearly aimed to bring this once reputed but crumbling contest back up to speed.
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Alice Sara Ott at the Festspielhaus

Felix Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses, Op. 54
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata #21 “Waldstein” in C Major, Op. 53
Frédéric Chopin:
Waltz in A Flat Major, Op. 34 #1
Waltz in A minor, Op. 34 #2
Waltz in F Major, Op. 34 #3
Waltz in D Flat Major, Op. 64 #1
Waltz in C Sharp minor, Op. 64 #2
Franz Liszt: Etudes d’exécution transcendante #9 “Ricordanza”, #10 “Allegro agitato”

Alice Sara Ott, piano
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Germany, 10 July 2011

A pianist doesn’t give himself any presents when programming Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt in a virtually non-stop solo recital. Of course, the formula may already have been well-tried for 22-year Alice Sara Ott and to a large extent with such a program she was browsing her still limited CD repertoire, yet bringing these composers back to back with some of their defining works remains nonetheless a daunting prospect by any standards. Still, Alice Sara Ott isn’t the artist to avoid challenges. It seemed the shortest route to conquer the audience of the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus where she appeared for the first time. And conquer she did.
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