Valery Gergiev conducts Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1

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Valery Gergiev conducts Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1

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When pianist Daniil Trifonov won first prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, the classical world took notice.

For this week’s free download, we’re giving away the third movement (Allegro con fuoco) of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto performed by Trifonov with the Mariinsky Orchestra and conductor Valery Gergiev. The recording is on the Mariinsky's own label.

Trifonov’s technical ease, exquisite control and the rich colour in his playing make him perfectly suited to performing Tchaikovsky’s famous – and exhausting – work.

Writing in the December issue of BBC Music Magazine, our critic Tim Parry said: ‘Trifonov’s playing ignites when it has to, but is generally notable for its dynamic phrasing and variety of articulation. For such an overworked piece it sounds remarkably fresh.’

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