Valery Gergiev conducts Debussy and Tchaikovsky — With Daniel Lozakovich and Alexandre Kantorow

Fondation Louis Vuitton

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Live from the prestigious Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the impeccable Valery Gergiev and world-renowned Mariinsky Orchestra join forces with two of the classical world's most exciting young stars, violinist Daniel Lozakovich and pianist Alexandre Kantorow, in two Tchaikovsky concertos (which both premiered in 1881)!

2019 Tchaikovsky Competition winner Kantorow begins the evening with a resplendent rendition of the Russian master's Piano Concerto No. 2, gripping and triumphant, an ideal piece to kick off the festivities. Later, the wickedly talented Lozakovich astounds in the Violin Concerto in D Major, written in 1878 shortly after Tchaikovsky’s attempted suicide. This beloved work is one of the most challenging in the violin repertoire as well as one of most passionate, reflecting the composer’s emergence from a period of depression. Between these two pillars of the Russian repertoire, the orchestra takes a compelling French interlude with Debussy’s epoch-making Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, a watershed moment in the history of classical music.

Daniel Lozakovich © Lev Efimov

Daniel Lozakovich appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.

Alexandre Kantorow appears courtesy of BIS Records.

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