The Tchaikovsky Piano Concert No.1

The British drama film The Music Lovers illustrates parts of Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto, directed by Ken Russell in 1970.

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 (Op. 23)
Yuja Wang (piano)
Hannu Lintu (conductor)
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Helsinki Music Centre Concert Hall (7 September 2012)

P. I. Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 (1874-1875)

Soloist - Mikhail Pletnev
Moskow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor - Vladimir Fedoseyev
Recorded live at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, 1991

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 Argerich Groves

The Composition

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian, 1840-1893), completed the composition of his Piano Concert No.1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, in 1875. He revised it in 1879 and 1888. It is one of the most popular compositions of Tchaikovsky. It is most probably the best known of all piano concertos. No one had ever written a concerto like this before. Tchaikovsky might have composed his summer time in the Russian countryside into it, wild gallops of horses, swaying wheat fields during harvest, the tranquility of the lakes and the rural family house. This piano concert has a surprising dramatic power, beauty and peace. 

At the left, we feature an excerpt of the movie The Music Lovers which illustrates parts of Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto. The movie is a British drama film directed by Ken Russell in 1970. The second movement is beautifully set into picture. Sadly, the movie cuts very much of the first movement and also captures only the final sequences of the third movement. However, it visualizes the life of Tchaikovsky, his composition and his inner conflicts in his relationships to his sister, his homosexual lover, his soon-to-be-wife and his female sponsor.

Films about composers like The Music Lovers about Tchaikovsky mentioned above, are a good source of inspiration and make great movie evenings when the children are already in the mid or end of their teen years... more

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