Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Suite, Op. 57
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 2 in G Major, Op. 44
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. M. Ravel)
Alexandre Kantorow, piano
Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Theatre Ochestra
Antwerp, Queen Elisabeth Hall, 15 October 2019
After more than 25 years, you know that patience is your prime virtue when attending concerts of Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. After all, when in luck, you will be richly rewarded. For the audience in Antwerp that reward came foremost with the introduction of Alexandre Kantorow, the young French pianist (22) who struck gold at the International Tchaikovsky Competition last June. As Co-Chair of the Organising Committee of the Competition, Gergiev often tours with the laureates. It was all the more fitting that they performed Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Piano Concerto no. 2 in G Major which Kantorow had played in the final round.