The range and depth of Late-Romantic music is on stunning display in this darkly expressive and passionate concert.
Seeking some advice on his first piano concerto, Tchaikovsky played
the work for his friend and confidant Nikolai Rubinstein on Christmas
Eve of 1874. Sullen silence greeted the composer before Rubinstein
unloaded. He labelled the piece “worthless and unplayable” and
Tchaikovsky rebuked, refusing to alter a single note. He did however,
change the concerto’s dedication, replacing Rubinstein’s name with that
of pianist Hans von Bülow. He adored the piece and eventually premiered
the concerto in Boston, in October of 1875. And sure enough, the
critical response ranged from harsh to indifferent. But the audience
loved it, demanding an encore of the Finale. And they’ve loved it ever
It is with great anticipation the MSO
welcomes back acclaimed pianist Joyce Yang to perform Tchaikovsky’s
Piano Concerto No.1. The Grammy-nominated Yang has been described as
simply “astounding”, captivating audiences with her virtuosity and
On this program, the MSO also performs
Bruckner’s Symphony No.4. Known with the composer’s approval as the
Romantic symphony, it is a wide-ranging work which evokes the natural
world, and humanity’s ambivalent place in it.
All the swirling emotion and psychological complexity of Late
Romanticism is contained in these magnificent works. Under the baton of
Dutch–Maltese conductor Lawrence Renes, they will come darkly to life.