Listen to Tchaikovsky, Stripped Down to His Intentions

February 1st, 2017

02GERSTEN-master768“Think you know Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1? Think again.

It’s one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire. But the pianist Kirill Gerstein, as inquisitive as he is talented, argues that what we commonly hear is an overly ostentatious misrepresentation, tarted up after Tchaikovsky’s death.

From Thursday through Feb. 7 with the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Gerstein plays a new critical edition, more delicate and less grandiose. Based on an 1879 version, it has among its sources Tchaikovsky’s own conducting score, which he used in a St. Petersburg concert nine days before his death in 1893. It is therefore closer to the music performed at Carnegie Hall’s opening week in 1891 than anything heard by New Yorkers since. Here are edited excerpts from a conversation with Mr. Gerstein.”

You can hear Kirill at the New York Philharmonic February 2-7. Tickets are available here.

David Allen, New York Times