Tchaikovsky/Scriabin: Piano Concertos

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 single-movement 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



Concerto No.1, Op.23 (1874-75, revised 1879-80)
1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Cadenza
2. Andantino simplice - Allegro vivace assai - Quasi andante
3. Allegro con fuoco - Poco meno mosso - Poco meno

Concerto No.3, Op.75 (1893)
 4. Allegro brillante - Un pochettino più animato - Un poco ritenuto



Concerto, Op.20 (1896)
5. Allegro - Più mosso, scherzando - Tempo I - Meno - Tempo I
6. Andante
7. Allegro moderato - Meno - Molto meno mosso

Solo: Xiayin Wang piano
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Stephen Bryant Leader
Conductor: Peter Oundjian