The Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major (WAB 105) of Anton Bruckner was written in 1875–1876, with a few minor changes over the next few years. It was first performed in public on two pianos by Joseph Schalk and Franz Zottmann on 20 April 1887 at the Bösendorfersaal in Vienna. The first orchestral performance - in a non-authenticated version ('Schalk-version'), a.o. with a changed orchestration in a Wagnerian fashion and with omitting 122 bars of the finale - was conducted by Franz Schalk in Graz on 8 April 1894 (Bruckner was sick and unable to attend: he never heard this symphony performed by an orchestra). It was dedicated to Karl von Stremayr, minister of education in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The symphony is sometimes referred to as the "Tragic", "Church of Faith", or "Pizzicato" symphony. WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: Bruckner Symphony No.5 in B flat major 00:00 1. Introduction. Adagio - Allegro 20:50 2. Adagio. Sehr langsam 39:38 3. Scherzo- Molto vivace (Schnell) - Trio. Im gleichen Tempo 53:08 4. Finale. Adagio - Allegro moderato Giuseppe Sinopoli , Conductor Staatskapelle Dresden
The Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky between November 1874 and February 1875. It was revised in the summer of 1879 and again in December 1888. The first version received heavy criticism from Nikolai Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky's desired pianist. Rubinstein later repudiated his previous accusations and became a fervent champion of the work. It is one of the most popular of Tchaikovsky's compositions and among the best known of all piano concerto. Also on this CD: Russian Piano Concertos
Concertos by Rimsky-Korsakov, Aram Khachaturian, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergi Prokofiev a re-issue of MSR CLASSICS.