Free Download: Xiayin Wang plays Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1

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This week's free download is the third movement 'Allegro con fuoco' from Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by pianist Xiayin Wang with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Peter Oundjian. The recording received four stars for performance and five for recording in the January 2019 issue of BBC Music Magazine.

Written in 1874 during one of Tchaikovsky's busiest composing periods, the First Piano Concerto was revised several times over the years, with Tchaikovsky unhappy with the results. It received heavy criticism from Nikolai Rubinstein, one of Tchaikovsky's favourite pianists and the initial dedicatee of the concerto. It is now one of Tchaikovsky's most well-known pieces and is the most popular of his three piano concertos, having been used in many instances across popular culture, including the 1971 film Harold and Maud, the Opening Ceremony of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and in a sketch in Monty Python's Flying Circus. 

'Xiayin Wang encompasses Tchaikovsky's virtuoso writing with an arresting poetic impulse and thrilling depth of tone, captured imposingly by Chandos's exemplary engineering and matched by deeply committed playing from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under its former music director Peter Oundjian.'

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