Vassily Sapellnikoff was a close friend of Tchaikovsky (it is said they were probably lovers) and he performed the composer's famous B flat minor concerto under Tchaikovsky's direction. He also gave the first performance in England of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.2 in G major. This recording is as far removed from those by more recent virtuosi such as Horowitz, Cziffra and Argerich as can be imagined. It concentrates on the more lyrical aspects of the work - melodic chords are often arpeggiated and climatic double octaves played at a moderate pace. I can imagine some people being rather disappointed finding the playing rather tame but its a performance that Tchaikovsky himself admired when Sapellnikoff played it with him. This recording dates from 1926. Tchaikovsky died in 1893 so Sapellnikov was much younger when he performed the concerto with Tchaikovsky. He may have played it quite differently at that time - possibly more exuberantly. The solo pieces such as Liszt's Gnomenreigen, Wagner/Liszt: Spinning Song (from the Flying Dutchman), Rubinstein's Staccato Etude in C major and Mendelssohn's Scherzo in E minor Op.16/2 are a delight.