Domenico Scarlatti, TCHAIKOVSKY; Piano Concerto No. 1 / MEDTNER: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Liebliches Kind!

James Jolly

By James Jolly

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A poetic take on the Romantic piano concerto par excellence.

This is the pianistic war-horse of all time: the Romantic piano concerto par excellence! Famous for being rejected as unplayable by its dedicatee Nikolai Rubinstein, it's become a staple at those orchestral spectaculars that always end with Tchaikovsky's 1812, complete with fireworks! Its sheer size and ambition has given it a reputation as a "big" work for outsize personalities, but it rewards a different, more poetic approach. The young Yevgeny Sudbin, one of the brightest new stars in the pianist firmament, brings real freshness and a completely original approach to the work — a refreshing delicacy and poetry. And Sudbin finds a lovely, unforced lyricism at the heart of this work — replacing the traditional tension between soloist and orchestra with something more subtle and ultimately more rewarding. This is a really impressive debut concerto recording from a musician whom we'll hear a lot more of in the years to come.