Tchaikovsky Cycle Piano
Khatia Buniatishvili, beauty and virtuosity
The First Piano Concerto is a prime example of musical Romanticism. It is remarkable for its high drama and the skilful dialogue between the solo instrument and the orchestra, which does not merely accompany the piano but shares the leading role.
The 5th Symphony was written after a troubled period in the composer's life. The orchestration is brilliant, while from very the start of the work a Leitmotiv embodies the idea of inexorable destiny, which was already present in the 4th Symphony.