Barry Douglas: Tchaikovsky Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra


‘In 1986, at the time of my Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medal, it was the Soviet Union – a fascinating place. The streets were full of music and culture. The concert tickets were but one cent or two cents (less in kopeks). The people were passionate about their music and their musicians- those were heady days!’ Barry Douglas

30 years on from Barry’s triumphant Tchaikovsky Competition win in front of a Soviet audience who chanted ‘winning prize, winning prize’ following his performance, we are celebrating the anniversary with Barry and conductor Alexander Vedernikov.

Get set for Tchaikovsky’s Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra over two consecutive evenings. Friday 24 and Saturday 24 February at the National Concert Hall.

Three piano concertos and the Concert Fantasy with Barry. Wrapped around these, three Shakespeare-inspired ‘fantasy overtures’ on The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.

Remembering these ‘heady days’ and looking forward to his time with us, Barry writes :

‘What a joy to explore Tchaikovsky, the great composer, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Alexander. I always have the sensation that his piano concerti represent not just the composer’s symphonic artistry – but one can hear his ballet music, opera, chamber music and all those miniatures he wrote with such sensitivity and skill.

I am happy that in the 2nd Concerto and the Concert Fantasy there are moments to savour the solo musicianship of the RTÉ NSO– especially flute, violin, cello and horn.

For those who are able to come to both concerts you will hear the range and development of Tchaikovsky in terms of his use of the piano in all its glory and his rich and powerful musical language. These are monumental works and the 2nd concerto is the biggest.’

Find out more on.
Friday 24 February. See here.
Saturday 25 February. See here.