"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 a1977 Demonstration Record ("White Label") from CBS/Odyssey.
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A very light, "uncongested" interpretation of this famous composition. Instruments sound correct and in proper proportion to one another. The soundstage is wide and imaging is very good. The music flows effortlessly - a very interesting performance.
Some surface noise is present on some very quiet passages but it does not intrude on the music.
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