Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Concert Fantasia (Remastered) Eldar Nebolsin, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Michael Stern

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Label: 2xHD - Naxos

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Concertos

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  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44:
  • 1I. Allegro brillante20:38
  • 2II. Andante non troppo14:41
  • 3III. Allegro con fuoco07:27
  • Concert Fantasia, Op. 56:
  • 4I. Quasi Rondo: Andante mosso15:57
  • 5II. Contrastes: Andante cantabile - Molto vivace13:38
  • Total Runtime01:12:21

Info for Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Concert Fantasia (Remastered)

Tchaikovsky has long maintained his position as among the most popular of all composers, his unequalled gift for melody and colourful orchestration given added depth through a rich Russian soulfulness. The Second Piano Concerto has always lived under the shadow of the famous First but, played here in the composer's original version, is full of life-enhancing character and emotion. Both this and the Concert Fantasia also contain beautiful chamber-music sections allowing unique interaction between soloist and orchestra. Eldar Nebolsin enjoys a busy international career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber music player, appearing with conductors, orchestras and colleagues of international distinction. During the 20092010 season he enjoyed the honour of being Artist in Residence for Musis Sacrum in Arnhem following his successful début with the Gelders Orkest and Nikolay Alexeev in 2008. In 2005 he was unanimously awarded the Sviatoslav Richter Prize in the First International Piano Competition in Moscow, where he was also honoured with the special award for The Best Classical Concerto Performance.

"... a real winner, not just for Nebolsin’s playing, but because of the addition of the totally overlooked Concert Fantasia." (Classic FM)

„Eclipsed by his enormously popular Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major has yielded a comparatively small discography, particularly in its original 1880 version. When this work is performed, the standard 1897 edition by Alexander Siloti is most often used, omitting Tchaikovsky's cadenzas and the extended passages for solo violin and cello in the Andante non troppo. They are heard to delightful effect in this exciting performance by pianist Eldar Nebolsin with Michael Stern and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, which is paired on this 2016 Naxos release with the charming Concert Fantasia in G major, another underdog in the repertoire that deserves more attention. One might regard these pieces as the sunnier siblings of the Piano Concerto No. 1, and their appealing melodies, brilliant keyboard writing, and optimistic moods reflect a more confident side of the composer. Yet there is plenty of drama and passion in the music, and Tchaikovsky's intense character shows in the occasional stormy episodes. Nebolsin is energetic and sparkling in the Concerto, most of all in the dazzling third movement, and he indulges in light and lively exchanges with the orchestra in the Concert Fantasia. Fans should snap up this album, because the selections are genuine rarities that belong in every Tchaikovsky collection.“ (AMG)

„Nebolsin hardly puts a foot wrong, and Michael Stern secures rhythmically vibrant playing from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.“ (BBC Music Magazine)

„Nebolsin's refined and bracingly original recordings of the Concerto and Fantasy complement some of the most compelling.“ (Gramophone)

„A goodly dose of unapologetically Tchaikovskian bliss.“ (MusicWeb International)

Eldar Nebolsin, piano
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Michael Stern, conductor

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Eldar Nebolsin
A former student of renowned Russian pianist and teacher Dmitri Bashkirov, Eldar currently records for the Naxos label. His debut album, Rachmaninov’s Preludes op 23 and 32 earned the praise “close to stunning ... Nebolsin’s is a truly exceptional excursion into the music of Rachmaninov “, while his second album released the following year, both Liszt Piano Concertos and Totentanz with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko, earned top place on Naxos’ Bestseller’s Digital Platform for six consecutive months. The next albums for Naxos were Ernst von Dohnanyi ́s Variations of Nursery Theme, with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Jo-Ann Falletta released in May 2010, and Chopin’s all works for piano and orchestra with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Antoni Wit released in August 2010 followed by a solo album of works by Schubert released in the summer of 2011. The piano quartets by Brahms are soon to follow. Earlier recordings include two albums for Decca - a solo works by Chopin and Liszt, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto with the Deutsches Symphony Orchester Berlin and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Some of Eldar's more recent engagements are re-invitations to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vasily Petrenko and Alexander Shelley, an all-Liszt evening Lisbon with Jaime Martin, his debut with Helsinki Philharmonic under the direction of Ralf Gothoni, and a recital tour in Canada and USA with Eldar's frequent partner, Maxim Rysanov, viola, as well as his debut with MDR Symphony Orchestra and Jun Markl at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, and a tour throughout Spain performing Listz’s 2nd Piano concerto with the Royal Seville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Eldar also returns for the third time to perform with London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, this time sharing the stage with Josep Caballé-Domenech. He debuts in both recital and concerto repertoire in Brisbane, Australia, as well as in Taiwan and is invited to perform at the famous Spectrum concerts and festival in Utrecht next to Janine Jansen.

In the Chamber Music field, Eldar collobarates with some of the world’s most renowned musicians such as Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Alexey Ogrintchouk, Ilya Grintgolts or Gustav Rivinius. Recent chamber music engagements include performances with the Leipziger Streichquartett, Barnabas Kelemen, Miklos Perennyi, Alexander Melnikov and Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt.

During this 09/010 season Eldar enjoyed the honor of being Artist in Residence for Musis Sacrum in Arnhem following his successful debut with the Gelders Orkest and Nikolaj Alexeev in 2008. In 2005 Eldar Nebolsin was unanimously awarded the Sviatoslav Richter Prize in the 1st edition of the International Piano Competition in Moscow where he was also honored with the special Award for the best Classical Concerto performance.

Eldar’s international performances have taken him to the stages of some of the most famous orchestras of the world - New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra with outstanding conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Ricardo Chally, Yuri Temirkanov, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vasili Petrenko, Nikolaj Alexeev, Vladimir Spivakov or Lawrence Foster amongst many others.

Eldar has lived in Spain since 1991 and currently holds a place on the faculty of the International Institute of Chamber Music in Madrid teaching alongside Ralf Gothoni and is regularly invited to give master classes both in piano solo repertoire and chamber music.

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