WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
A busy March sees Kirill Gerstein travel to Boston, Copenhagen, Sao Paulo and Cologne for concerto engagements, starting at the beginning of the month in New York and Durham, NC to perform Brahms’ Piano Quintet with the Hagen Quartet. Busoni’s Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony under Sakari Oramo on 10-11 March is followed a week later by Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (1879 version) with the Danish National Symphony under John Storgaards on 16 March. Rachmaninov dominates the end of the month with performances of Piano Concerto No. 2 from 23-25 March with the Sao Paulo Symphony and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini on 31 March and 1 April with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln.
On 2, 3, 4 and 7 February, Kirill Gerstein joins Semyon Bychkov in his celebration of Tchaikovsky with the New York Philharmonic performing the 1879 version of the composer’s First Piano Concerto. Later in the month, he travels to Vancouver to perform Brahms’ First Piano Concerto on 18 and 20 February as well as New Jersey for four performances of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano under the orchestra’s new Music Director Xiang Zhang from 23-26 February.
“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.
Kirill Gerstein kicks off the New Year with performances of Gershwin and Schoenberg with The Cleveland Orchestra from 5-7 January, and the 1879 version of Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (12 and 14 January), the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (21 January) and the Naples Philharmonic (27-28 January). As well as concerto engagements, the end of the month sees Gerstein travel to Miami to give two recitals featuring Liszt’s Transcendental Études together with music by Bach and Brahms.
In the lead up to Christmas, Kirill Gerstein performs in concerto engagements with the Leipzig Gewandhaus (3, 4 and 6 November), Detroit Symphony (17-19 November), Brno Philharmonic (23-24 November), Lucerne Symphony (7-8 December) and Armenian Philharmonic (16 December) Orchestras. Repertoire includes Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto (1879 version), Busoni’s Piano Concerto and Strauss’ Burlesque in D minor for Piano and Orchestra.
Also in the diary are two concerts curated by Kirill on 1 and 3 December as part of the Mozarteum Salzburg’s Dialogues Festival featuring music by Mozart, Busoni and Rihm, and collaborations with Ferenc Rados, Guy Braunstein, Baldur Bronnimann and the Basel Sinfonietta. Just over a week later, Kirill travels to Paris to give a recital of Debussy, Lutoslawski, Ravel and Stravinksy with Thomas Ades at the Fondation Louis Vuitton on 12 December.
Following this summer’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto (1879 version) at the BBC Proms, Kirill Gerstein returns to London this month to perform the composer’s Second and Third Piano Concertos on 19 and 24 October at the Barbican as part of Semyon Bychkov’s Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky Project with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Tchaikovsky’s First and Second Piano Concertos will also be played by Kirill in St Petersburg (27 Oct) and Göttingen (14 Oct) respectively. Elsewhere, Kirill makes recital appearances at the Wiener Konzerthaus on 5 October with Kolja Blacher and Clemens Hagen, and as part of Tabea Zimmermann’s 50th birthday celebrations on 9 October in Berlin.