Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto no.2; Khachaturian - Piano Concerto | Chandos CHSA5167

Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto no.2; Khachaturian - Piano Concerto


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5167

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st April 2016



Xiayin Wang (piano)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra


Peter Oundjian


Khachaturian, Aram

Piano Concerto in D flat major, op.38

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Piano Concerto no.2 in G major, op.44


Xiayin Wang (piano)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra


Peter Oundjian


After a year off the concert platform, Xiayin Wang, a specialist in the romantic repertoire, presents a new recording of two relatively little-played piano concertos: No.2 by Tchaikovsky, in its much lesser-known yet extremely virtuosic original version, and Khachaturian’s. The disc also marks the 125th anniversary of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, here conducted by its Music Director, Peter Oundjian.

Involving the same forces as Wang’s earlier recording of American concertos (Editor’s Choice in the magazine Pianist), the album follows a performance in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, described by The Scotsman as ‘breathtakingly athletic’.

Composed more than fifty years apart, these pieces have perhaps only one thing in common, namely an opening grandiosity or grandeur. Yet, while Tchaikovsky in 1879, in his heyday, undercut imperial splendour with a wealth of contrasting material that pointed the way ahead to more experimental, post-imperial concertos such as Prokofiev’s Second, Khachaturian’s folk generalisations, vaguely Armenian or Georgian, remain the consistent thumbprints of a rather heavier style.


For those to whom such things are important (as I know they are from a review I penned last year of Denis Matsuev in the Tchaikovsky Second), the score is played complete in its original version – ie no cuts in the first movement and with the 16 bars included at the end of the second movement which Tchaikovsky removed in its revised form. To help us find our way during the lengthy first movement, Chandos has helpfully added three entry points. ... If you do not have a recording of the Tchaikovsky, then this is up with the very best; likewise the Khachaturian. Paired together, it’s a no-brainer.  Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone May 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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