Tchaikovsky, Scriabin: Piano Concertos (SACD)

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Xiayin Wang, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian

Following her acclaimed recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in 2016 (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone), Xiayin Wang here completes the trio with No. 1 and the posthumously published No. 3, alongside Scriabin’s only concerto.

Whether Tchaikovsky gave his consent to the virtuoso Alexander Ziloti to revise his Piano Concerto No. 1 is unknown, but Wang here presents the lesser-recorded original version.

Piano Concerto No. 3 was originally begun as a symphony, all of which except the first movement was ultimately abandoned; that surviving movement was later completed as a singlemovement concert work for piano and orchestra.

Scriabin finished his piano concerto in only a few days, although it took months to orchestrate it before the 1897 premiere. Sensitively played by Wang, the concerto shows a naïve charm that even Scriabin, at his most translucent, would struggle to recapture once his career got underway.

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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 (Original Version)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 75

Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20