In 1993 renowned conductor Gilbert Levine was the first American to lead an eastern bloc orchestra, the Krakow Philharmonic, on a tour of major cities in North America. These stirring concerts received the highest praise for Levine's breathtaking and insightful interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3 - performances which have helped to mark this work as an important precursor to the composer's most famous symphonies. Now for the first time, Maestro Levine, leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has released a recording of this rarely performed masterpiece. Levine's relationship with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra began in 1994 when he conducted the historic Papal Concert to Commemorate the Holocaust - a performance seen by millions and broadcast in fifty-two countries. Shortly thereafter, Levine was recently knighted by the Pope with an Order of St. Gregory for his contributions to culture and artistic excellence. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3 was first performed by the Royal Philharmonic during its inaugural season. This recording coincides with the RPO's 50th Anniversary celebration now underway.
American pianist Jeffrey Campbell, winner of prizes at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Maryland International Piano Competition and the International Recording Competition Gold Medal in Piano has ardently championed this virtuosic and fiery piano concerto written by the master of orchestral color, Rimsky-Korsakov. Campbell performs his own brilliant and idiomatic cadenza which is heard for the first time on this recording.