Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto: History of Performance from the Premiere to the Present Day (Russian)

From the “wildest Russian nihilism” to the unfading classics.

In a new episode of our podcast, we share a lecture on the history of the Violin Concerto in D major by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, its performance and interpretation. In view of the composer’s 180th anniversary, it is the right time to look at the evolution of his most famous scores.

Another reason for this is the difficult path of the Violin Concerto, from a hostile reaction to its premiere performed by Adolph Brodsky and Leopold Auer’s loose interpretation to the unpretentious version by David Oistrakh and the burden of the compulsory programme at the Tchaikovsky Competition.

Svetlana Petukhova, the Candidate of Sciences in Art History, senior researcher of the Music History Sector of the State Institute for Art Studies, tells about the curious stage life of the concert.