Composer: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Alexandra Dariescu – piano
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Darrell Ang
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Size: 882 MB
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 – Nutcracker Suite (2016)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-93)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 34:47
01. I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso 20:39
02. II. Andantino semplice 6:51
03. III. Allegro con fuoco 7:17
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a 18:05
04. I. Tempo di marcia viva “March” 2:00
05. II. Andante ma non troppo “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” 1:59
06. III. Tarantella 1:23
07. IV. Intermezzo 4:23
08. V. Molto vivace “Russian Dance” 1:19
09. VI. Allegro moderato “Tea – Chinese Dance” 1:18
10. VII. Andante maestoso 5:43
Alexandra Dariescu makes her concerto recording debut on Signum with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Darrell Ang, pairing this with Mikhail Pletnev’s concert suite of arrangements from ‘The Nutcracker’.
Alexandra Dariescu has garnered an impressive reputation for her outstanding solo recordings and concert performances, and was recently named as one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career in the International Piano Magazine.
Dariescu has plenty of power and agility, but she deplys them strictly for the sake of the music rather than for her own glory. Above all she knows how to shape lines by means of tactical withdrawal of lighter elements in a phrase…richly satisfying.
Ang and Dariescu’s approach to the concerto’s famous opening points to an urgent and incisive reading. And that’s how it continues. I was particularly impressed by the pianist’s firm control of the notes and the conductor’s diligent, entirely supportive accompaniment … If there’s one word that sums up this album for me it’s modesty; indeed, the concerto succeeds precisely because it doesn’t attempt to storm that daunting summit.