Nelsons Conducts Tchaikovsky


Thursday 24 January 2013 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 

Andris Nelsons conductor
Simon Trpceski piano

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel 16′ Listen on Spotify
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 39′ Listen on Spotify
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 (Polish) 44′

Simon Trpčeski’s encore – Chopin – Waltz

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Are you sitting comfortably? Because three composers want to tell you a story. Tchaikovsky surrenders to a Polish dance-rhythm, and ends up writing the happiest of all his symphonies. The teenage Chopin writes a delirious love-letter in the form of a piano concerto. And a raspberry-blowing Richard Strauss simply refuses to be serious in this portrait of a famous prankster. The sensational Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski joins Andris Nelsons and the CBSO for a night of love, laughter, and melody without limits.



Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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…     “This was in Chopin’s First Piano Concerto, and coming new to this shamefully under-rated work, Trcepski [sic] found a chamber music-style relationship with the orchestra, confident in Nelsons’ empathetic acuity. It was wonderful to see how the conductor’s beat scooped up the well-attuned rubato of the pianist’s arabesques.

There was an almost improvisatory fluency in Trcepski’s [sic] playing, natural and unforced, and the effect was of communing not just with himself but also with the sharing audience. And the sight of his body-language responding to the dance-like finale, arms swaying on hips when he was not playing, was infectious and heartwarming.

Particularly outstanding in the orchestral contribution were the bassoon solos of Gretha Tuls, and the beefy basses in the finale.”     …

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