"Although Tchaikovsky was already an accomplished composer (having already produced his first two symphonies, a string quartet, and two notable tone poems, all of these successful and enduring works), he still sought the approval of mentors such as Balakirev and Nicolas Rubinstein. On Christmas Eve 1874 he played the concerto for Rubinstein (its intended soloist) in an empty classroom. Rubinstein responded with a torrent of castigation, made famous by Tchaikovsky's own recollection. Tchaikovsky slunk off in despair. Later Rubinstein called him back and detailed a list of changes that must be made by a certain date if Rubinstein were to perform it. Tchaikovsky wrote that he responded, "I shall not change a single note, and I shall publish the concerto as it is now." He continued in his reminiscence, "And this, indeed, I did." Well, not entirely. Although there are no really substantial changes, he did subject the concerto to some minor revision before it was printed, as happens with most compositions. The premiere fell to Hans von B¸low, who played it first in Boston, October 15, 1875. The audience was enraptured and demanded a repeat of the entire final movement. Von B¸low took the concerto back to Europe, where it was quickly added to the repertoire of other leading pianists; even Rubinstein started playing it in 1878. It has been a giant success, virtually the epitome of the romantic piano concerto, ever since." - AMG.
This is an Early Pressing Mercury Living Presence Stereo recording from 1959 with FR5/FR5 Matrix.
Mastered by George Piros.
This series is highly regarded by Audiophiles as being some of the finest recordings ever made, even by today's standards and techniques!
These recordings are considered to be of true Audiophile quality.
The record is NM.
The jacket is NM.
The LP plays/sounds Mint-.
A big, warm, lush soound with the detail that you expect from the best Mercury Living Presence series. A wide soundstage with excellent depth and very strong imaging.'Air' and presence are around each instrument.
Very little surface noise, just some low-level vinyl noise which is just audible on the quietest passages and the random 'tick'.
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