Eugene Onegin, Op.24: Polonaise, P.I. Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.23, P.I. Tchaikovsky 
Nicolai Demidenko piano 
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op.64, P.I. Tchaikovsky

1.30 h (w/out intermission)

Program notes Jose Antonio Canton

Eugenio Onegin, which brings together all the most relevant European lyrical influences, is Tchaikovsky’s most famous opera. Based on a play by Alexander Pushkin, it was officially performed for the first time with noteworthy success at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on the 23rd of April, 1881.
One of Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky’s most representative compositions is his Piano Concerto No. 1, Op.23, which occupies a prominent position in the romantic concertante repertoire. It encompasses all of the essential virtues of this great pro-western musician, in contrast with his national contemporary colleagues considered the heirs of Mikhail Glinka’s so-called Russian musical essentialism.  
The confirmation that Tchaikovsky had started to work on what would be his Symphony No. 5, Op. 64 is found in a letter he wrote to his very wealthy friend and protector Nadezhda von Meck in the spring of 1888: “Do you know that I am trying to write a symphony? The beginning has been difficult, but now, however, it seems that inspiration has arrived, let’s see!” The symphony was finished by the 26th of August that same year.

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