27th February 2019
Continuing his Tchaikovsky Project, conducting the complete orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, Semyon Bychkov conducted the little known Piano Concerto No. 2 with Kirill Gerstein, as well as Symphony No. 2 which was perfectly suited to the splendid Czech Philharmonic… The traditional Russian touch [in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2] showed itself to be especially supple from the Allegro brilliante which, responding to the score, Bychkov conducted magnificently and vigorously without ever reducing it to an overly celebratory work… Josef Špaček, demonstrated the ever-splendid brilliance of the musicians of the Philharmonic from Prague – previously heard in the magnificent flute solos and reinforced by the solos played by the sublime first cello of Václav Petr… Semyon Bychkov directed his Orchestra with real freedom bringing out the most beautiful sounds from each desk. All without ever seeming to push for slightly more intensity to highlight the passionate moments.