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Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor op. 23
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini op. 43
The Cape Town Symphony Orchestra (CTSO) had a rich tradition as one of South Africa’s foremost, cosmopolitan orchestras. Visited by some of the most esteemed conductors and soloists from all over the world, the orchestra provided glittering evenings to the Mother City’s social calendar.
Its unfortunate demise was not only due to lack of funding but also its positioning within a changing political dispensation and a time when ‘euro-centric art’ and its place within South African society was strongly questioned.
The timing of this particular recording, featuring François du Toit on piano and Omri Hadari as conductor, in performances of Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody and the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no.1, follows the narrative of South Africa’s political milestones: it was recorded in 1992, the year in which Nelson Mandela was set free from prison, and released in 1994, the year of the first free elections in South Africa. This disc serves as a historical document of not only great orchestral and piano playing, but also of a tradition continued.
Piano: François du Toit
Conductor: Omri Hadari
Orchestra: Cape Town Symphony Orchestra
Cat. #: TP1039060
Label: TwoPianists Records
Recorded at: The City Hall, Cape Town - South Africa in 1992
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