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ELISO VIRSALADZE PLAYS CONCERTI
and chamber music



Eliso Virsaladze plays concerti and chamber music on this page.  There are compete and partial recording of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Ravel.

Perhaps her greatest speciality was Schumann.  Certainly, she was much admired for her playing of this great composer by the likes of Sviatoslav Richter.  We are treated to three complete recording of his A minor concerto and a fourth of the last movement.

Look for Eliso Virsaladze's stunning performance of the Ravel left hand concerto at the end.  There are some fine shots of her left hand playing, though I would have preferred that the camera focus almost entirely on her left hand throughout.

The examples in which Eliso Virsaladze plays concerti by Mozart are exquisite.  There is no other word for her ability to combine clarity and strength without undermining the classical delicacy of this music.  They are among the very finest recordings of Mozart concerti I know.

As a special treat, I've included a recording of the Mozart three piano concerto as performed by Tatiana Nikolaeva, Eliso Virsaladze and Nikolai Lugansky.  While it is mpossible to know who is playing what, these are three of the great Russian school pianists playing a concerto we rarely hear, and playing it wonderfully.



Mozart  Rondo in D major for piano and ochestra, K 382
substitute finale for the Piano Concerto 5 in D major, K 175
unspecified conductor with the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra

recorded in the 1973




Mozart  Piano Concerto 11 in F major, K 413
i Allegro
09:16ii Larghetto
16:19iii Tempo do menuetto
Lazar Gozman conducting the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra

recorded in the 1960s




Mozart  Piano Concerto 12 in A major, K 414
i Allegro
10:36ii Andante
19:31iii Allegretto
Lazar Gozman conducting the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra

recorded in the 1960s




Mozart  Piano Concerto 15 in B major, K 450
i Allegro
10:40ii Andante
16:26iii Allegro
Dmitri Kitaenko conducting the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Philharmonic

recorded live in 1977




Mozart  Piano Concerto 19 in F major, K 459
i Allegro
12:53ii Allegretto
22:07iii Allegro assai
Lazar Gozman conducting the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra

recorded in the 1960s




Mozart  Piano Concerto 22 in E major, K 482
i Allegro
13:48ii Andante
24:03iii Allegro
unspecified conductor with the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra

recorded in the 1973




Mozart  Piano Concerto 7 in F major for three pianos, K 242
Saulis Sondeckis conducting the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

recorded live in the 1986


i Allegro



ii Adagio



iii Rondo: Tempo di minuetto




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 1 in С major, Op 15
Alexey Utkin conducting the State Chamber Orhestra of Russia

recorded live in 2012


ia Allegro con brio (beginning)



ib Allegro con brio (conclusion)
05:50 ➢ ii Largo (beginning)



ii Largo (conclusion)
03:40 ➢ iii Rondo: Allegro scherzando




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 3 in C minor, Op 37
i Allegro con brio

Ariel Zuckerman conducting the International Festival Orchestra, Telavirecorded live in 2013




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 4 in G major, Op 58
i Allegro moderato
ii Andante con moto
iii Rondo Vivace
Andres Mustonen conducting the GSO New Russia




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 5 in E major, Op 73 "Emperor"
i Allegro

Ariel Zuckerman conducting the International Festival Orchestra, Telavi

recorded live in 2013




Schubert  Piano Quintet in A major, D 667 "Trout"
ii Andante
with Pavel Vernikov, violin -  Nodar Zhvania, viola - Natalia Gutman, cello - M Kartvelishvili, bass

filmed live in 2010




Chopin  Piano Concerto 1 in E minor, Op 11
i Allegro maestoso
19:03ii Romance: Larghetto
29:00iii Rondo: Vivace
Yuri Temirkanov conducting the Leningrad Academic Symphony Orchestra

recorded live in 1975




Schumann  Piano Quintet in E major, Op 44
i
Allegro brillante

with Kolja Blacher and Tamaz Batiashvili, violins - Nodar Zhvania, viola -  Natalia Gutman, cello

recorded in 2013




Schumann  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
i Allegro affettuoso
14:24ii Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
19:29iii Allegro vivace

Dmitri Kitaenko conducting the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Philharmonic

recorded live in 1977




Schumann  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
iii Allegro vivace
Antonio Pappano conducting l'Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
recorded live in 2010




Schumann  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
Evgeny Bushkov conducting the Belarusian State Chamber Orchestra

recorded live in 2011


i Allegro affettuoso




ii Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
iii Allegro vivace




Schumann  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
i Allegro affettuoso
14:58ii Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
20:10iii Allegro vivace

Yuri Temirkanov conducting the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 2012




Brahms  Sonata 1 in C major for cello and piano, Op 38
i Allegro non troppo
12:31ii Allegretto quasi menuetto
17:42iii Allegro
with Natalia Gutman, cello

recorded live




Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto 1 in B minor, Op 23
Simon Blech conducting l'Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires

recorded live in 1976 at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires


i Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito  (beginning)




Ravel  Piano Concerto in D major for the left hand
Nikolai Alekseev conducting the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 2005










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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