CDs include Tchaikovsky’s three piano concertos and Concert Fantasia recorded live in concert in 2009
The British record label Hyperion has released a two-CD set of Tchaikovsky’s complete piano-and-orchestra works—three piano concertos and the Concert Fantasia—performed by Grammy Award-nominees Stephen Hough, the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Osmo Vänskä. The album, the 50th release in Hyperion’s acclaimed Romantic Piano Concerto series, was recorded live in concert at Minneapolis ’ Orchestra Hall in spring and fall 2009. The CDs will be available April 1 in stores and online at minnesotaorchestra.org and hyperion-records.co.uk, and will also be available as a download on major internet music sites.
Mr. Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra have earned high praise for their previous recording projects together, including a five-CD Beethoven symphony cycle with Swedish-based BIS . The Tchaikovsky recording is the ensemble’s first live recording project under Mr. Vänskä, as well as its inaugural collaboration with Hyperion. Pianist Hough is a prolific Hyperion recording artist, having made 28 previous albums with the label.
In addition to the three piano concertos and Concert Fantasia, the set includes Hough’s solo piano arrangement of two brief Tchaikovsky works, as well as two alternative versions of the second movement of Piano Concerto No. 2, in editions by Hough and Tchaikovsky pupil Alexander Siloti.