One of the most iconic opening statements in all of music ushers in a tour de force for the ages in Tchaikovsky’s mega-popular concerto, performed by Toronto’s own Tony Siqi Yun, a teenaged phenom fresh off a gold-medal win at the China International Music Competition. Tchaikovsky confessed that he had put “his whole soul” into his final symphony, and, for the listener, it’s an edge-of-your-seat experience that unfurls a universe of emotion. Finnish-Ukrainian conductor Dalia Stasevska leads this poignant masterpiece, known for its haunting ending that fades to black.
Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Tony Siqi Yun, piano
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