Mikhaïl Pletnev conducts Chopin and Tchaikovsky – With Lucas Debargue

Russian National Orchestra

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Lucas Debargue — Pianist

Russian National Orchestra

Mikhail Pletnev — Conductor

Program notes

Lucas Debargue joins the Russian National Orchestra under the baton of Mikhaïl Pletnev for a performance of Chopin’s First Piano Concerto. Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony completes the program of this concert that pays homage to two of Eastern Europe's greatest Romantic composers.

Since his successes at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Lucas Debargue has become one of the stars of the classical music world. For this program he returns to the concert hall where his career first took wing to present a masterpiece by one of his signature composers: Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor. Premiered in 1830 as part a farewell concert before his departure from his native Poland, the concerto was a hit with audiences from its first hearing, and Schumann would later write that with works like these, “Chopin introduces the spirit of Beethoven into the concert hall.” After the Concerto, Pletnev leads the Russian National Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29. Composed in 1875, the thematically-rich work has an unorthodox five-movement structure that closes with a finale marked “Tempo di polacca”, which eventually gave the symphony its nickname “Polish”.

Lucas Debargue's albums are available here.

Lucas Debargue appears courtesy of Sony Classical.
Photo: Lucas Debargue © Bernard Bonnefon

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