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Kirill Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky’s 2nd version of the Piano Concerto No. 1

Pianist Kirill Gerstein
Pianist Kirill Gerstein
Courtesy of Kirill Gerstein/Myrios Music

Pianist Kirill Gerstein performs in the world-premiere recording of a new scholarly urtext edition of Tchaikovsky’s second version of the Piano Concerto No. 1. James Gaffigan conducts the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in this landmark recording. The new recording affords listeners the opportunity to hear the work as the composer intended. The recording will be released by Myrios Classics in February 2015.

Kirill Gerstein, recipient of the prestigious 2010 Gilmore Artist Award, is one of today's most intriguing young musicians. Recorded during summer 2014, Mr. Gerstein was given access to the new score, which is currently being prepared for publication by the Tchaikovsky Museum and Archive in Klin, Russia. The score forms the first installment of a new urtext edition of the complete works of Tchaikovsky, to be released by the Museum in 2015 in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Following the premiere of the work in 1875, Tchaikovsky revised certain portions of the score. A second version was published in 1879, and it is this score that he conducted in his own concert appearances, including his last public appearance nine days before his death in 1893. In comparison with today’s more commonly heard unauthorized edition Tchaikovsky’s own version contains a variety of different dynamic, articulation, and tempo markings, arpeggiated chords in the opening, and a longer trio section in the third movement.

The recording also includes Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2, which also exists in a revised edition. After the 1913 original manuscript was burned by the composer’s neighbors during a winter blizzard after the Russian Revolution, Prokofiev reconstructed and revised the work, premiering it in Paris in 1924.

Mr. Gerstein’s solo recordings Imaginary Pictures featuring Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Schumann’s Carnaval and his debut recording Kirill Gerstein plays Liszt, Schumann & Knussen with works by Schumann, Liszt and Oliver Knussen, are also on Myrios Classics. For more information, visit Myrios Classics website and Kirill Gerstein's website .