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
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.