Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G, Op. 44
The Piano Concerto No. 2 by Tchaikovsky often sits in the shadow of the composer’s mega-popular First Concerto, but there are some circles who believe the second is superior to the first. There are some unusual imperfections about Tchaikovsky’s Second Concerto, though: the first two movements are thought to be a little too long for the given musical material. And, the second movement begins with two lengthy solos, played by the cello and violin, and the pianist doesn’t even play for the first few minutes. However, the work is full of brilliant piano writing and typical orchestration by Tchaikovsky. It is an exuberant composition imbued with the typical Russian style of the composer. Hear it tonight at 7: our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR.