Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor Op. 23
Tchaikovsky had hoped that his First Piano Concerto would be premiered by Director of the Moscow Conservatory, Nicolai Rubinstein, but that did not happen. Tchaikovsky recounted the exchange with Rubinstein over the Concerto, “He repeated that my concerto was impossible, pointed out many places where it would have to be completely revised…. ‘I shall not alter a single note,’ I replied.” The premiere, instead, took place in the United States, in Boston’s Music Hall, performed by acclaimed pianist Hans von Bülow.