Piotr Gajewski, conductor
Daniil Trifonov , Gold Medal Winner
of the XIV International
This all-Tchaikovsky concert begins with the Polonaise, an energetic dance from the composer's opera Eugene Onegin. Daniil Trifonov , the Gold Medal winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, held in Moscow in June 2011, will be the soloist in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, a majestic yet virtuosic work. Tchaikovsky briefly considered composing an opera based on Romeo and Juliet, but instead, in 1880, completed it as an overture-fantasy, in which some of the themes represent specific character and plot developments of Shakespeare's iconic play. Commissioned to compose the festive 1812 Overture to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Czar Alexander II's ascension to the throne, Tchaikovsky commemorated the clash between French and Russian military forces using folk songs, hymns and the national anthems of their countries. The overture is traditionally performed at July 4th celebrations.
Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
1812 Overture, Op. 49
This performance will have the following approximate running times: 40 minute first half, 20 minute intermission, 60 minute second half.
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