Nov 4, 2021, 8:00pm EDT
Program Notes & Works
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Opus 23
Tchaikovsky’s now wildly popular first piano concerto had a rough start. He had hoped it would be premiered by his friend Nikolai Rubinstein, but Rubinstein declared it “worthless and unplayable.” Hans von Bülow gave the highly successful premiere in October 1875 in Boston.
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Opus 70
Since it was only the second of his symphonies to appear in print, it was published as “No. 2.” But the manuscript described the work as Dvořák’s “6th Symphony”—and it was actually his seventh!