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Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, Prokofiev Symphony No. 5
Two contrasting yet equally powerful works, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 are performed by the Verbier Festival Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Valery Gergiev, with pianist Denis Matsuev.

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major Op. 44

Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major Op. 100

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Although Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 of 1880 was less well received than his First, he viewed it himself as one of his finest works. Outer movements are multicoloured creations full of sparkling piano writing. Then most distinctive is a languorous slow movement featuring such prominent, extended solos for violin and cello that really it becomes a concerto for piano trio. By contrast, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 of 1944 was both an instant success, and coincided with a thaw in the Soviet authorities’ attitude to him—reflected perhaps by its serene opening theme. Still, possible references to authoritarian oppression include the second movement Scherzo’s use of a dance discarded from Romeo and Juliet, or towards the end of the final movement the way the theme keeps getting cut off, and maniacal, mechanical ostinatos increasingly dominating.


with the generous support of

Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major Op. 100 | VFO / Järvi (Salle des Combins, 2016)